August 1, 2014

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Numbers 24: 1-14

What do we do when all we want to do is to throw an expletive whammy of biblical proportions at someone? Perhaps it is your sibling who always picks on you, or a co-worker who is always meddling in your business, or a congregation member who gossips and tells malicious lies. Maybe it is, as was the case with Balaam, that you would merely be financially rewarded and become famous if you would only “curse this people for me.” (Num 22:6a)

Before reacting to such circumstances, some of us might count to ten and take a deep breath; others might take a long walk, while yet another group of us might simply combust! Balaam however, blessed the people. Granted, he did not do this in his own accord or choice. “The Spirit of God came upon him.” The words Balaam spoke in Numbers 24:3-9 were God’s words, a litany of pure love for a broken and undeserving people—people like you and me.

So what should we do then when people drive us crazy? Remember: we are all sinners, that God loves others as much as us, and that God’s word calls us to bless them.

Prayer: Loving Father, remind us always to bless as you have blessed us. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Heidi Punt,
Pastor of Christ United Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, NC.

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