June 29, 2017
Read: Numbers 22:5-38
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Scripture- Numbers 22:18-19- But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God. But stay here one more night, and I will see if the Lord has anything else to say to me.”
Observations- Upon first glance as we read the story of Balaam we might wonder why God was so displeased with His servant, but he was actually allowing himself to enticed by the possibility of great wealth..."I can't help you, but let's just see if the Lord might allow me to curse the people He loves so much."
Application- When we've heard from God with clarity and we're clear about how He intends for us to move forward, we don't need to keep coming back to see if perhaps, just maybe, God wants me, for instance, to keep coveting what belongs to my neighbor. We can put ourselves through all kinds of mental and spiritual gymnastics to convince ourselves that God wants us to do something when He has already told us "No!"
Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your Word that comes to us as Your blessed gift. Help us live it out as disciples of Jesus in truth and grace. We need Your help to not be led into temptation, for there will be many things we want to do that You have declared off limits in Your love. Guide us to trust You and discern well how to best move forward today. Amen.
"If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure." (1 Corinthians 10:12-13),