In the Old Testament book of Numbers we are told of Balak, the Moabite king, who was so fearful of the great numbers of the children of Israel, that he sought the prophet Balaam to curse them. Balaam was selected because the king knew that whatever Balaam blessed would be blessed, and whatever Balaam cursed would be doomed. The king surmised that with a little “cursing assistance” he would be able to conquer Israel and drive them away.
The king sent ambassadors, flush with cash, to entice Balaam to return to Moab and pronounce a curse over Israel. After several attempts to procure a curse from the prophet, the exasperated king, gave up on the curse scenario and requested that Balaam simply refuse to bless Israel. In Nehemiah 13:2, these events are summarized by God turning the intended curse into blessing.
Similar incidents occur today, where God’s children are often chided, criticized, cajoled, and yes, even cursed! Regardless where the “c” words originate: foes, faux friends, or family … lets take comfort in these facts:
- We have been blessed by God and that blessing cannot be reversed (Numbers 23:20)
- As we listen and obey God’s Word, we are blessed in every thing we do (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
- As New Testament believers we are blessed with faithful Abraham (Galatians 3:9)
As the apostle Peter mentioned, we should not think it is strange when facing fiery trials (1Peter 4:12). Remember this encouragement comes from a man who heard Jesus say, If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20). These scriptures will release the comfort of the Holy Spirit into our lives as we commit the keeping of [our] souls to him … as unto a faithful Creator (1Peter 4:19).