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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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.