I love the story of Balaam from Numbers 23. Balaam is a prophet who is brought in by by King Balak with the intent of cursing the Israelites. However, three times, instead of cursing them, Balaam ends up blessing the Israelites instead. Needless to say, this angers Balak, but each time, Balaam tells him that he can only say what God has for him to say. It makes me wonder how often we end up not listening to God’s directive to bless and end up cursing others instead.

It’s hard to do – bless somebody that you don’t want to bless. I imagine that Balaam would have become a very, very rich man had he just cursed the Israelites. Balak would have given him an enormous amount of money. However, that’s not what happened. Instead of cursing, he blessed. He listened to what God had to say, and was obedient to it.

How easy is it for us to curse somebody? Unfortunately, it’s too easy, I think. It’s too easy to say a bad word about another person. It’s too easy to crack on another person’s character. We see it all the time – people resorting to personal attacks. Is that the kind of thing that God is leading us to? I don’t think so.

Next time you are tempted to curse somebody, stop. Take just a minute and remember the story of Balaam – a prophet who was brought in to curse, but ended up blessing the people instead. I pray that we are more inclined to bless than curse in the days to come.

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