When God Blesses – Part 3
“No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The Lord their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them.” (Numbers 23:21 NIV)
Balak, king of the Moabites, sets himself up against God’s people and brings the prophet Balaam to curse them; but Balaam waits on God and ends up blessing them instead. He says, “The Lord their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them.” When God is with you and you know it, you automatically want to shout and praise God.
People who are not sure that God is with them are not full of shouting; on the contrary, they’re full of murmuring and complaining. Note the contrast with the words spoken about God’s people: “The shout of the King is among them…” This is one of the signs of revival and of the Holy Spirit visiting your life: you have liberty to lift your voice and praise God.
Some of us need the shout of the King to be in the camp. We’re not talking about emotion for emotion’s sake; but there does exist a godly emotion that accompanies faith. In fact, faith always has a shout — if not in a literal sense, then certainly as a note of victory in our lives.
There are so many people running around and feeling sorry for themselves in churches today. Everything is a problem; the weight of the world is on their shoulders; and they talk perpetually about what they’re going through, instead of saying, “Wait a minute! God is going to use my life!”
Why wouldn’t God use your life? Didn’t he save you so he could use your life? Isn’t God’s power greater than whatever the devil says? The truth is that a lot of Christians are walking around with their heads down, and people may think it’s humility; but it’s not humility! They’re having a pity party! But you can’t be a Christian and have a pity party! There are so many people around us who don’t know the Lord while we’re sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves!
There’s a time for everything under the sun: there’s a time to wait on God, and there’s a time to ask others to pray for us if we have a need. But there’s also a time to say, “Enough is enough! I want to “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). If the enemy of our souls has his way, he will rob us of everything; so we have to stand against his schemes as the apostle Paul says in his New Testament letter to the Ephesians (Ephesians 6:13). Remember: when God blesses, no one can stop us… except ourselves, if we don’t trust God. His Word says, “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
So let’s shout to the Lord today, realizing that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37); for when God blesses, no one can change it!
Read Numbers 23:21-26.