Matthew 23:1-12; Numbers 22:41-23:26; Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1
I tend to be impulsive. I make my plans, start working on them and then, in the middle of the actions, breathe silent prayers asking God to bless what I’m doing. How much better would it be if I were to actually seek God before I started and listened to Him from the beginning? In many cases, I wouldn’t even plan, knowing that it was against God’s will. Ok, reality check here. If it was something I really wanted, I would probably ask God to change His mind. Balak was like that. The Israelites had finished their exile in the desert and were heading towards the Promised Land. They asked permission to go through Moab and Balak didn’t like that. He sought out Balaam – a prophet of God. God told Balaam no. Balak sent for him again and God told Balaam to go ahead but only speak what God had said. Then we saw the talking donkey that save Balaam’s life. Then, Balak set up the sacrifices for Balaam to make so that he could curse the Israelites. Balaam blessed them and Balak was outraged. What Balak should have done was recognize the inevitable and try to form a union with the Israelites. But… “Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Come with me, please, to another place where you’ll see them. You’ll see only part of them. You won’t see all of them. Then curse them for me from there.’” (Number 23:13) That’s right, and from this second vantage point, Balaam blessed them again. We laugh at Balak’s foolishness in his persistent attempts to curse the Israelites – yet how often do we get a negative answer from God and keep seeking ways to do what He has already told us no about? As followers of Christ we are to seek God’s will in order to be obedient; not so that we can consider doing it. God has great plans for us and all of those plans begin with obedience.
Lord God, how often I set about to do what I know You don’t want me to do. I desire it. You’ve told me no, but somehow I seek to justify my disobedience by claiming that if You knew how important it was to me You would let me do it. Help me to repent of attitudes like that. Let me seek and follow You in all things.