Numbers 22:21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of theLord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides.25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.
26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times? ”
29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now. ”30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”“No,” he said.31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.[a]33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”
How many of us today are like Balaam? We refuse to heed the message but look only at the messenger? Sometimes god puts obstacles in our way to prevent us from continuing down a path of destruction. Too often we are blinded by our own stubbornness to see what is before us.
I’ve realized that I am guilty of constantly looking at the messenger and not heeding the message. To often I ask god for confirmation regarding different situations in my life and when he gives me the confirmation, I don’t receive it because it’s not in the package I was expecting.
If a drunk man says to me “don’t drink alcohol, it’s not good for you.” my initial reaction would be to ignore him because in my eyes he’s in no position to speak to me about the harms associated with drinking alcohol. In the same way Balaam only saw his donkey as an animal and could not see that he was saving him from death.
I choose to stop looking at the messenger. God will use what is accessible to him in the moment he wishes to speak to us. He used Baalam’s donkey because it was available to him. I’ve decided to look past the packaging, whether it’s a young child, an old woman or a random person in the street, I’m going to LISTEN and not judge.
In addition to listening I’ve decided not to question god. Sometimes god tries to use us to do his will and instead of humbling ourselves to him we question his judgement. Instead of opening ourselves up to his will we ask “are you sure lord?, you can’t possibly want ME to do this……”. I know the power of the god I serve and if he used a donkey I am certain he can use me.
I challenge you to make a decision to speak less and listen more. Make the choice to be at god’s beck and call. Pray for wisdom, to know god’s voice and strength to do as he commands. Let us show the world the power we possess through our lord and savior Jesus Christ.
God Bless You!