was reading in the book of Numbers, chapters 22-24 about Balaam. Balak, king of
Moab, wanted Balaam to curse Israel for him so Balak could defeat Israel in
battle. Balaam was allowed to go with Balak’s emissaries but God was not
pleased as Balaam’s motives were suspect; Balaam probably had his eye on a
reward from Balak. As Balaam was riding his donkey an angel of the Lord opposed
them but only the donkey saw the angel at first. The angel warned Balaam that
his ways were perverse and told him only to speak what the Lord required.
went on to obey God and bless Israel as directed by God and prophesied against Moab
and its allies. Balaam’s motives and character were suspect initially, he was
spiritually less perceptive than his donkey. Once admonished, he acted as God’s
prophet, rejected the bribe offered him and delivered God’s word in obedience
to the Father (“All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do”; Deut 23:26; KJV).
what does this say to us today? We must walk in fear of God, in obedience and
with pure motives. Even though we may displease people, we must only allow what
God approves to come out of our mouths. Wow, Balaam got a talking to but he
came through in the end. When we read these stories, we should always take away
with us the message God is trying to convey to us today.
Obedient, It's as Simple as that.
whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life
for my sake shall find it” (Matt 16:25; KJV). What Jesus was saying here was
that if we stubbornly insist on doing things our way and pursuing only our own
personal ambitions, we will lose life in Christ Jesus or the abundant life God
planned for us (John 10:10).
the passage, in Matt 16: 24-27, from which our first quote above was taken,
Jesus exhorted us to sacrifice our own selfish ambitions (taking up our cross;
v24) and to follow him. In verses 26-27 he posed the question as to the value
of great material success and worldly recognition in the here and now, compared
to salvation and God’s abundant life both now and eternally. I guess that’s a
assured us that if we make sacrifices for him and the Gospel in this life, we
will receive rewards both in this life and the promise of eternal life (Mark
10:29-31). Jesus also promised in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom
of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
Living the God kind of life is easy, we just need to hear from God and do
things his way. Is that an amen or an ouch?
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