Peace or No Peace

5 May all who hate Zion
be turned back in shame.
6 May they be like grass on the roof,
which withers before it can grow;
7 a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,
nor one who gathers fill his arms.
8 May those who pass by not say to them,
“The blessing of the Lord be on you;
we bless you in the name of the Lord.” Psalm 129:5-8

When this was written, a common greeting among harvesters “Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.” Ruth 2:4. It’s actually a very common Arab greeting today: “Peace be upon you.” “And peace to you.”

When your enemy is trying to destroy your country and your way of life, it’s probably a good idea not to shower them with blessings from heaven. In this sense, it is a “corporate” withholding of blessing. Enemies of God and His kingdom should be left alone to wallow in their hatred. Pray that God would help them see the truth.

On the other hand, should you pray for those who curse us and bless them also? Absolutely. If someone is insulting you by name, it’s next to impossible to bless them. And yet, that’s the crux of the matter, isn’t it? On our own, we cannot bless them. It’s takes a supernatural move on God’s part to help me to bless those who are cursing me personally.

As you can see there is a fine line between the two. To be honest, I’m not really sure where that line is. The “carnal” in me would just want God’s enemies to be wiped from the face of the Earth because, well, he could do that if He chooses.

But God is not finished with those we are in contact with. There’s a reason we are still in contact with them.

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