Blessing and cursing both operate on the principle of agreement. “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God…” (Deut 11:26-28 cf. Deut 28).
When you agree with God (His truth, wisdom, and Spirit), blessing is released. When one disagrees with God and agrees with a lie, then it brings a curse.
We don’t need to use much imagination to see this at work all around us. The enemy lies. “Go ahead, eat that fruit. You won’t die,” or “you can choose your own gender,” or “one little peak at that website won’t hurt anyone.” When people believe a lie and act on it, cursing and brokenness proliferate. The darkness encroaches on lives, families, businesses, schools, and communities.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt 5:4). Is Jesus calling his people to be melancholy and weepy? That’s not what this is about. The Lord is saying blessed are those who allow their heart to be broken with what breaks God’s heart – those who care about what He cares about. This is the philosophy of heaven. When we see the dissonance between the will of heaven and the reality of earth, we cry out, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done!”
What causes you to mourn at work? What are some ways that you would like to see His Kingdom come to your workplace? Our mourning must produce action – it’s no good to care deeply and just wring our hands – “prepare your minds for action” (1Pt 1:13).
Alarmingly, many in our churches today aren’t sure what God’s will is. They aren’t clear about what they should mourn over. Tocqueville, a french diplomat and political scientist, toured the US in 1831 and wrote, “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there … in her fertile fields and boundless forests—and it was not there … in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there … in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
Adapted from Blessed2Bless: Applying the Timeless Wisdom of the Divine Entrepreneur to Your Life and Business.