February 28 – God Blesses Those He Chooses

The next several chapters of God’s Story show interesting interactions in the pursuits of blessings.  Some of God’s enemies wanted to bribe Balaam, a diviner, to get God to bless them and curse God’s people.  Fear causes people to do weird things; so does bribery.  But as the account unfolds we read how God is God and He will bless those He chooses to bless and He will curse those He chooses to curse.  He can even cause a donkey to speak to get His point across.

Balak, king of the Moabites, is afraid of God’s people so he bribes Balaam to curse them.  But just the opposite happened. Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam.  He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.”   From the very beginning, the Bible records that God blesses His people.  We need to stay close to Him especially when it may feel like our enemy has the upper hand and wants us to be cursed.

Numbers 24:10 NIV