“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?”
– Numbers 23:8-9
It would seem for a moment that Balaam had the same heart as David when David was pursued by King Saul. There were opportunities to take Saul’s life, and the future king said, “I will not lay hands on the Lord’s anointed.” Even when Saul’s loyal subject Shimei openly cursed David, he demonstrated grace. David’s command to his servants was, “Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to do it.” David understood that God was in control of every situation. Whatever happened to him was allowed by the Lord, and he was content with that.
God’s providence is seen throughout the Scriptures. The Psalms tell us, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.” There is no general oversight without concern for details, God knows all and sees all. Not even one sparrow falls to the ground without His consent!
There is righteous anger described to us in the Bible, Jesus demonstrates it and is without sin. How many of us can indeed be angry and without sin? I doubt there are any as our human condition is prone to hate. Jesus said, “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you.” God is in control and will not fail you. If you are dealing with hatred and anger today, remember to forgive as the Lord has forgiven you.
“The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one’s spiritual and eternal good.”
– J.I. Packer