Sunday, August 23, 2009

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 153

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. (Proverbs 26:2)

Balak, the king of Moab, recruited Balaam to curse the Israelites while they travelled to the promised land of Canaan. But God would not allow Balaam to curse Israel. Whenever Balaam opened his mouth, God made him proclaim blessings rather than curses. Balaam spoke of why the Israelites couldn't be cursed. During those days, the Israelites lived a life of obedience to God and his laws. Balaam said,
He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him,and the shout of a king is among them. (Numbers 23:21)

Living a life of obedience to God and his laws was their strength during those days; so no one could destroy them. But later on instead of cursing Israel, Balaam led them into sin as we read in the book of Revelation.
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Revelation 2:14)

This led to their downfall and many calamities befell them.

Sin in our lives opens up ways for evil forces to attack and subdue us.
As a child of God you do not have to fear when wicked people curse you, provided you are living close to God and obeying his Word. They may pronounce calamities upon your life while cursing you but none of those will happen to you because you are protected by God. The blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ is your protection.

Because Jesus loves you, he will turn curses into blessings as he did for Israel when they lived close to him as is said in this verse.
However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you. (Deuteronomy 23:5)

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