With how much Israel kept rebelling and complaining against God, you’d think He wouldn’t mind so much when a King hires a man to try to curse them. Yet even with all of Israel’s sin, He will not allow the man to speak anything but blessing over His people.
But God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.” Numbers 22:12
Why is God so eager to preserve blessing over the lives of those who would, over and over, turn around and curse Him?
The love of God astounds me! That He chose these people, with all their flaws, and declared blessing over their lives. That He even chose these rebellious people as the vehicle of the blessing to the whole world that would be Christ!
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3
And no matter what the people of Israel will do, God will not change His mind about them.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it. Numbers 23:19-20
The truth is that God has spoken blessing over each one of us, specific blessing, intimate blessing, and what He speaks over our lives is something sacred, that no one can take away!
The truth is we inherit this same blessing of Israel. The truth is He chose us, with all our flaws, too.
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:14
We’re going into Thanksgiving week this week, and I’ll admit that I’ve struggled with counting His blessings in my life. Not because they are absent, but because, like Israel, I am rebellious.
It is my rebellion that looks at life and wants things my way, and because it isn’t my way then blinds me to all He has done and is doing.
It is my rebellion that looks for the lack instead of the provision.
It is faith that sees the blessing.
So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9
As I lay down that rebellion, as I repent as the Israelite’s did so many times, my eyes are opened in faith to the blessings He places in my path every day, in so many ways.
You know, God cares about what we speak over our lives. He cares that we speak the blessing He has declared and not something else that the world has preached over us. This too, can be hard, not because we don’t want His blessing, but so very often we don’t believe it.
We hear the cursing the world plays over and over about how we should look a certain way, act a certain way, have certain things. We listen to a world that calls us “not enough” and “to much” all at once.
We feel condemned by judgments, real and imagined.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:14
In those moments we agree more with that king of this world, Satan, who wants only defeat in our lives.
We need to stop our ears to the wrong voices, open our eyes to His truths.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
I pray that as we move forward this week, that each of us can have open eyes and hearts to the blessings God has spoken over our lives. That we can have confidence and faith in Him.
Joy Aletheia Stevens
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