Numbers 22:1-41, “The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live.”
What we’ve been sharing on has some real day to day practical lessons, and the more I read this story, the more it’s becoming clear in understanding what God is doing. Three chapters in Numbers touch on Balaam dealing with God thereafter you don’t hear of Balaam again until much later when he is killed. One lesson we want to get out of today’s word is, “If you won’t humble yourself, God will”. I would rather humble myself than have God do it.
A thought came into my mind from yesterday’s message and it made sense. God told Balaam that He will put His words in His mouth so as to speak them and then He also puts His words in the donkey’s mouth to also speak. I learnt this, even in the midst of your weaknesses and failures, if God appointed you to be the person to use, He will preserve you all through. If He could cause the donkey to speak, He could have used the donkey to convey the message to Balak in this case, Balaam was chosen to speak.
Numbers 22:28-29, “28 Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” 29, “And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!”. Shifting blames ruins lives because it does not permit taking full responsibility by admitting and desiring to be healed. Bitter breakups always have both parties blaming each other for the failure of a relationship. Balaam is accusing the donkey of abusing him when in the actual sense, he is the one who is abusing the donkey. The reason is simple, the donkey is not doing what he wants (it’s about him) but what God wants. Why do we have WAR? because WAR can be used as an acronym “We Are Right”. It could be true that you are right, but how about if you are wrong? If eye can trick us to think that on a hot sunny day you can see water on the highway when there is none and if the eyes can trick us that the sky is blue, there is a possibility that you could be wrong yet feel right. You can win an argument but loose the truth, you can also win an argument by your facts and loose a relationship. Our friend Balaam is so furious, mad, raged because he feels he has been wronged, that leads him to inflict more pain to his donkey and we know that he was the one who was wrong.
Vs. 31, “Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the LORD standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face”. Encountering with God will show you who is wrong, hence creating an atmosphere of repentance. Don’t be surprised if God uses other people especially the called to advise you on what you shouldn’t do. They could be the people He is using to stop you on your truck from making the biggest mistake of your life. They could be used to warn you about the person you are about to marry, or a job you are about to take, or a group of people you are about to hook up with or something you are involved with that will drive away His presence. If you insist, God may permit you to go ahead and not approve of it or be part of it, the choice is yours and mine. We can see that finally Balaam understands who was standing in the way and that drove him to fall on his face and repent (not true repentance though). He was asked why he struck his donkey three times to show that what God has blessed you with is not subject to abuse. vs. 31, “…Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me“, the Lord searches the heart and tries the mind, He knows every motive whether be good or bad. It’s revealed to us that Balaam had a perverse heart which means directing away from what is right or good. In other words, obstinately persisting in error or fault (stubborn). An opportunity can test your integrity remember that. His opportunity to be used by God tested his integrity thus causing the inner things in his heart he might have not known were there surfaced. You will agree with me that there are people who really changed with time as they gained more, became successful. They became arrogant, stubborn, prideful etc., their one time humility that everyone admired had been swallowed by what they had gained and no one mattered anymore. When God is taking you to greater levels, also pray that He will enlarge your character to stabilize your integrity. No one wants His blessings turn into a curse. Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrows with it”.
Vs. 33, “The donkey saw Me and turned aside from Me these three times. If she had not turned aside from Me, surely I would also have killed you by now, and let her live”. The donkey knew the Lord and feared him, how much more is the person created by God should see Him in situations and fear Him. Balaam almost died while the donkey would have lived but I believe that what God has started in a person, He will be faithful to complete it. Balaam was to speak God’s words, though he stumbled, God had to humble him and instead of giving him justice, he gave him mercy, a chance to start again. That is the God we fall in love with, God of second chances. To continue Evans