December 29, 2018

OUR GOD IS FULL OF WONDERS

When Prophet Isaiah declared that the name of Jesus is “Wonderful”, I remembered the story in the book of Numbers where our God displayed His wonders for the whole world to see. Lot us read Numbers 22 as it was the story of King Balak of Moab that employed Balaam the Seer to curse the children of Israel for him so that they would prevail over them. God warned him not to go but because of the promise of the blessing from the king if he did, he saddled his ass and followed the princes of Moab. Numbers 22:22-35 reads ” And God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way and his sword drawn in his hand, and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field, and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.. But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself to the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall and he smote her again. And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam, and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, “What have I done unto thee that thou hast smitten me these three times.?  And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me; I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? Was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand.and he bowed down his head, and he fell flat on his face. And the angel of the LORD said unto , Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? Behold I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me. And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me, now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men, but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shall speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak”.

What can God not do? None. He is full of displays of His GLORY for us to know that He is God and there is none else beside Him. He opened the eyes of an ass to see the angel of the LORD while the eyes of Balaam himself were not. He made the ass to speak with the voice of man complaining about the unjust beating three times. Then the LORD now opened the eyes of Balaam to see the angel of the LORD. The LORD made Balaam to realize that his way was perverse, (not straightforward) before Him, Because of this the LORD Himself stood against him.  The more I read the Word of God, the more I fear this God. He can use any thing to send message to anyone. We are all tools in His hand.  Also every word that came from the mouth of Balaam was blessing . The children of Israel were already blessed  and it was not possible for Balaam to curse them. Those people God had blessed no one can curse them. The story also revealed the anger of God against those people who are not upright.  Which means that when things happen to us we must first examine our ways  because it might be God himself chastising us so that we can repent from our evil ways. This story is full of wonderful work of God and the love of God, and we have a lot of lessons to learn from it.  As we are moving into the new year let us ask for more grace of God to be released upon us, the grace to know Him more and the power of His resurrection as Paul stated in his epistle.” I pray that the LORD will increase our spiritual understanding and we will be more enlightened in the things of God in Jesus name. I wish you a more blessed New year in Jesus name, Amen.

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