Living Water Daily Devotional 30-1-19

Wednesday 30th January 2019

THE BLESSED OF GOD (I)

Read: Numbers 23:19-23
MEMORISE: And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” (Numbers 22:12). Living Water

EXPOSITION
The most secured person in life is someone who carries the blessing of God upon his life. The word, blessing, here stands for goodness of God that flows to the lives of His own people in form of protection, favour and provision. If you are blessed of God means having divine backing in any circumstances.

When the children of Israel were waxing stronger and became multiplied in the plains of Moab, the people of Moab, were exceedingly afraid of them. They wanted to wipe them out of their land with their King, Balak, who hired a famous prophet of the day, Balaam, to curse the people. Balak had full assurance in his prophecy by saying “For I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed (Numbers 22:6).

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It had been attitude of Balaam to threaten people with the authority of his prophetic office, like many so-called prophets of our own time. Here, in the case of Israel, God caused the reversed to be the case. God gave him a sharp warning not to curse His own people because He had already blessed them. If you have been candidate of divine favour and protection, no one can threaten you or do you harm (Num. 23:8).

Being a blessed of God does not come by chance. It comes by choice. It is by having a right standing with God. Israel had a right standing with God by the time Balaam was hired to curse them. He declared this truth later: “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel” (Num. 23:21). The language of this prophet of doom is that, in as much as Israel maintains his relationship with God, no one can be against him (see Romans 8:31). God watches how we live our lives before Him. He notices when we carefully maintain our relationships with Him and when we miss the line. If you want to continue to be blessed of God, continue to maintain your relationship with Him. Never allow anything to create a gap between you and God.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Lord, make it easy for me to move myself closer to you all the days of my life, in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, make me a perpetual candidate of your divine blessing, in Jesus’ name.
3. I stand against every strategy Satan uses to push me against God, in Jesus’ name.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 12:40 – 14:30; Matthew 19:21 – 20:12

Source: Living Water Daily Devotional

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