|Nativity Alphabet by Krista Hamrick|
Corrie ten Boom, a Christian who survived life at the Nazi concentration camps, was asked by a reporter in a press conference if it was difficult remaining humble while hearing so much acclaim. She replied immediately, “Young man, when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments in the road and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?” She continued, “If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in His glory, I give Him all the praise and all the honor.”
Balaam was going forth to do as God had instructed him, but he was going with the wrong motives. His wholehearted obedience turned halfhearted because of his greed for wealth and prestige. His covetousness blinded him to the angel of the Lord who was blocking the path on which he traveled, because his eyes were focused on hoped-for riches and not on the hope-filled mission.
Balaam ceased to reside in prayer—in a conscious awareness of God’s presence. However, three times God was there narrowing the road in attempts to stop Balaam and get his attention. What path is God “narrowing” in your life so that you feel his resistance? God loves us enough that if we persist in doing things our way and ignore His presence or resist His will, He will derail us, just as he did Balaam’s talking donkey, in order to get our attention and restore our fellowship with Him.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that opens my eyes to see You on every path of life and leads me in obeying Your will in Your way! Help me to follow You, whether it is to move forward into new territory or to return to a previously visited place. Only You know the direction I need to go. I will trust in Your leadership and rely on Your character. Thank You for leading me exactly where I need to go. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, amen.
Look Up—meditate on Numbers 22:32-35… pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.
Look In—as you meditate on Numbers 22:32-35… pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."
Look Out—as you meditate on Numbers 22:32-35…pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.
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