“And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the Lord, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the Lord saith, that will I speak?” Numbers 24:12-13
God’s people are truly blessed. In the historical sense, covering the covenanted children of Israel, and even now for all those who are in a covenant relationship with Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The story is not new, even if the variables of the story change from one situation and/or person to another. God’s people, then and now, are blessed, and that’s something no enemy likes to see or deal with. Nonetheless, the truth is, God is for His people. We see it in verses that state, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9), and when the psalmist writes, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” (Psalm 118:6) we feel those words speak to our own hearts.
God is for His people, and what He has spoken over your life means more than any negative enemy talk, and it is always God’s word that will be performed as opposed to any enemy’s influence.
God does not speak in vain. He says, “I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right,” (Isaiah 45:19). And His word will always perform that which He commanded it: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” (Isaiah 55:11).
Yet, and still, in the story of Balak trying to hire Balaam to curse what God has already blessed, we see the enemy’s plan is to still try to thwart God’s plan for His people. God showed Balaam that His people are blessed and not cursed. He showed him His people are different than other nations and the number of His people is increasingly blessed as well (Numbers 23:8-10).
After another attempt by Balak to get Balaam to curse God’s people, when he spoke, this is what Balaam relayed to the king:
“Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.” (Numbers 23:18-20)
Whether the enemy likes it or not, God was not going to change His mind about blessing His people. As a matter of fact, Balaam went further, tell Balak, “The LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them,” (Numbers 23:21).
God is with them. He brought them out. He is responsible for their deliverance. There is nothing the enemy can speak against what God has already blessed (Numbers 23:23)!
Throughout this story, leading into chapter 24, it is evident to Balaam that it “pleased the LORD to bless Israel,” (Numbers 24:1) and there was nothing he or anybody else can do about it.
And that’s our take away from this lengthy story. Only what God says over our lives or about us matters. No matter which way, shape, or form another tries to speak over you, if it is not in line with what God already spoke, it will not work. He is the Author of your story, and only He gets to write your ending.
So, where does that leave us when others are speaking something contrary? The responsibility is on each of us to believe more in what God said and to only accept His Word as valid over our lives.
There are going to be many situations and people we face in life that will try to thwart your faith. The aim of it all is to shake our foundations. It’s to get us worked up in a frenzy so that we will be discouraged or afraid to move forward into where God has called us.
One picture in this whole story I like is that of the children of Israel themselves. While all these attempts of others trying to curse them were going on, they were just down there, in the plains of Moab, pitching their tents, and resting in where God was leading them (Numbers 22:1). They were doing and being what God called them out to do and be. They were marching toward the Promised Land and gaining victories under their belt along the way. It didn’t matter what others were saying on the sidelines.
Someone will always find an occasion to speak negatively over your life. Situations will arise that will try to make you believe this is all it’s ever going to be, and it won’t get any better than this.
But, what did God say?
We are told in the Word of God of how important and valued we are to Him (Matthew 10:29-31). We are told that we are His children (1 John 1:12), and as any good father would do, God takes care of His own. We are told that He has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3). We are told that He loved us even before we got our act together (Romans 5:8), and He continues to love us today because “God is love,” (1 John 4:8). We are told we are not what we used to be (2 Corinthians 5:17) and now our identity is in Christ (Galatians 2:20). We are told that God has a plan for His people (Jeremiah 29:11) and no matter what it looks like, it will work out for our good (Romans 8:28).
It’s not about what we feel, what they speak, or what we see before us. It’s about what God says, and what He says will come to pass. No enemy or situation can go beyond His Word!