Daily D – Numbers 23:11-12
Numbers 23:11, 12 Then King Balak demanded of Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!” But Balaam replied, “I will speak only the message that the Lord puts in my mouth.” (NLT)
Proverbs 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim. (NLT)
There is not enough money in the world to make an undeserved curse stick. It is futile to curse those God blesses. God’s blessings are always more powerful than any individual’s hard-hearted opposition.
Living a life God can and will bless is largely a matter of being where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to do. Israel, in this story, was camped out near the Promised Land. All of the action with Balaam and Balak happened in the hills at certain vantage points where it was possible for them to see Israel stretched out in their temporary campground.
Israel didn’t have to do anything but exist in the space where God had led them at that moment. Nothing was required from them for God to protect them. They were where God wanted them at that moment in time.
Where are you today? Are you where you’re supposed to be? Are you doing what you know to do? Simple obedience to God’s clear direction is accompanied by God’s present provision. God provides and protects us in ways we never realize.
What is your best next step today? Trust God to take care of you as you step into his path for you today.
I will trust God to take care of me as I step into the path he has laid out for me today.
Our Father, thank you for watching over us. Thank you for taking care of us. Lead us in the right way today. Empower us to participate in your plans and purpose. May we live the kinds of lives you can bless and that make us a blessing to others. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”