“When You’re Blessed, You’re Blessed All the Way!”
I love the story in Numbers of the talking “ass.” (Yes, that’s what they called a donkey in the Bible!!) In Numbers 22, there is a great story of the king of the Moabites, called “Balak.” He knew that the people of God (Israelites) were winning the battles because God was on their side. Trying to get ahead of the game, he decided to call on the Prophet Balaam to “curse” the people of God! In this way, he was assured to win the battle. He said there were so many Israelites that “they covered the face of the earth!” The king of Moab called on Balaam to “curse” the people of God, so that he could destroy them. But God said, “Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed!” (Numbers 22:12) The king of Moab tried several times to get Balaam to curse the people of God, and God warned the prophet, “Thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed!”
Balaam finally decides to go with the king of Moab, so he got up early and saddled his donkey (ass) to go. But, on the way, the donkey saw an angel of the Lord in the middle of the path, and he would not move. Balaam smote his donkey (ass) several times with anger. Finally, God opened the mouth of the donkey to talk! The donkey began to talk and said, “Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont (accustomed) to do so unto thee?” (Numbers 22:30) Then, the Lord opened the eyes of the Prophet Balaam and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way… But the king of Moab still began to offer many sacrifices to get the Prophet Balaam to curse God’s people. The final answer from Balaam was, “Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it!” (Numbers 23:20)
When God blesses you, you are blessed all the way! Nothing can reverse it! Have a great day and read this story for yourself in Numbers 22 and 23! Remember, when God blesses you, you are blessed, indeed!