Numbers 6:25 Give A Blessing

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; Numbers 6:25

The majority of people around the world do not place blessings upon others, except on to a few of their closest friends and family members. People are quick to call down curses upon others and desire that something bad occurs. Vengeance or revenge is desired over giving of a blessing.

Despising or hatred is very common among society. This comes from self-pride. Very few want to see others succeed above themselves, especially if they are enemies or have done something wrong.

God gave a blessing that the priests were to say over the Israelites. Part of that blessing was that God would make His face shine on them and be gracious to them.

Believers are very quick to fall into the same camp as the world in bringing down curses upon other people. This can even be found inside the church walls. People get jealous that God is blessing someone else and murmur curses under their breath.

God desires that all of His followers will show His tremendous love towards everyone else, including enemies. One of the greatest ways to do this is ask for God’s blessing in their lives.

Instead of asking God to strike someone, the believer is to ask God to be gracious towards them. Every believer should realize how gracious God was to himself. Any single sin was enough to bring down a death sentence upon one’s head, but God was gracious and loving and forgave that sin.

It is mercy, graciousness that draws a person to God in repentance. If God is only harsh, no one would turn towards Him at all. Giving a blessing will do a lot more than bringing down a curse upon even the vilest of enemies.

Every day you will meet a variety of people. Some will treat you wonderfully, while others will treat you badly. In each and every case you have a choice to make. You can choose to ask God to strike that person, or you can choose for God to be gracious towards them and bless them.

Think about how you would like to be treated. Would you want to be cursed or blessed?

Allow yourself to be filled with God’s great love and mercy and seek to bless those who harm you or curse you. Let God be in control of every situation and bless as He sees fit.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will bless people, rather than curse them; that you will know God’s graciousness towards you; and that God will shine His face upon you.

1 Peter 3:12 Be Seen And Heard By God

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

Everyone likes to be seen and heard by other people. This is especially true of being seen and heard by those in authority.

No one likes to be ignored or brushed aside. To keep this from occurring, people will do nearly anything they can to be heard. Instead of doing the right thing, often, some people will cause trouble and do harm in order to be heard.

After talking about having to suffer, Peter points out where God’s eyes and ears are. He sees and hears those who are doing what is right, but is set against those who do evil.

On a regular basis people are confronted with the conflict of whether to do the right thing and suffer or to do what is wrong and appear to get away with no suffering. Choosing to do what is right will often go against the common thought of the day and will cause suffering.

Very few people like to suffer, so they will often choose to do wrong to avoid any unnecessary suffering. Believers are often found to compromise their stand for God, to avoid suffering and ridicule.

The believer who has chosen to do wrong will often wonder why God does not answer their prayers. Instead of choosing to repent and do correct, they live with their choice and justify it, making God turn against them and refuse to hear their cries. Many will have to learn to live with their bad choices, because of their refusal to do what was right the first time.

Just as Jesus chose to do right, even when it cost Him His life, so should the believer always choose to do the right thing before God and man.

If you are feeling as though God is ignoring your prayers and is against you, check yourself for about whether you are doing what is right or wrong.

Get yourself into God’s word and be led by His Holy Spirit to guide you in making the right choices every time. Do what God wants you to do, so that He will be able to see and hear your prayers.

God wants to be for you, not against you, but you must also be for Him and not against Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to do what God wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do what is right; that God will sustain you in times of suffering; and that God will see and hear your prayers.