|Are You Blessed or Cursed?|
When ever I finish a book of the Bible, I always look back and reflect on it. I look to see what GOD wants me to learn or to take away from my reading. As we finish the books of Kings and Chronicles we have seen a lot of examples of good leaders (Blessed) and evil leaders (Cursed). The really neat thing about reading the Bible is you can see what was happening behind the scenes. For example, a king may get struck with an arrow between his amour links. He may think that it was bad luck, but, in reading the Bible we see that GOD was displeased, and he allowed that to happen, or HE removes HIS protection from that king (Cursed).
So what can we take away from our readings?
1. GOD is pleased when we pursue HIM. There were two kings that we just read about; Hezekiah, and Josiah. They both sought GOD, and HE blessed them.
2. GOD is a forgiving GOD! If you start from The Exodus out of Egypt, HIS people have been in a cycle of sin. The same holds true with Kings and Chronicles. We had good kings then evil kings... around and around. Even though GOD is a forgiving GOD, there is still punishment for sin (Cursed).
Blessing or Curse? This for me was the biggest whisper. GOD has this "umbrella" of protection. To stay under this umbrella we have to seek HIM, HIS heart, and follow HIS commands. The nice thing about GOD, HE does not have tons of rules, they are pretty easy and straight forward. If we strive to do this we will be blessed and protected. Blessed, not in the form of money, we have to get outside of that mind set, blessings come in many ways!
If we choose to step outside of that umbrella of protection, we are stepping outside of GOD's protection and may fall under cursed. That is a dangerous place to be; of the world and satan's prey. As we have also seen, GOD will also send our enemies to overtake us, and without GOD's protection...... well, it is a sure loss.