August 10, 2020

Numbers 22:15-22—The king of Moab did not take “No” for an answer. He sent more honorable messengers to Balaam to persuade him to come. promising him greater reward for this exercise. Balaam did the same thing by asking them to stay overnight so as to seek the LORD’s face again. God came to him as of the first time and asked him to go with them.The Bible says, “And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. 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.”

You would wonder why did God’s anger kindle against him? Did not God give him permission to go with them? From this passage we could see the various ways God answers prayers. The first time he asked God, and God told him straight away, “Do not go with them, because these people are blessed.” This should have been enough for him to know that it is a “No-Go” area. He cannot curse the people that are already blessed. So why did he go to God again when he had received the answer the first time? The reason is because this second emissary brought more appealing and tempting reward that caught his attention. The king promised to give him whatever he wanted as a reward. This is how we know that his eyes were on the reward instead of what the LORD had already told him. Though he said in verse 18  “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more”, he was still believing that maybe the LORD would change His mind so he could get the reward from Balak. His eyes were on the reward and the material gift became his idol.

In Ezekiel, we’re told  that He answers our prayers based on what is in our heart. If our heart is free to receive what He has for us, we will hear the right answer that is God’s will. But if our heart is clouded with our own desires, the answer will be distorted, that is, it will not be His will.  We can see that the LORD knows our every thought, and answers us accordingly. That was why the LORD answered him according to the desires of his heart which was to go and do what the king required him to do and then get that reward.

This again gives us more insight into how we should pray in order to receive the right answers. We should pray for only His will to be done. What was he expecting God to say the second time? So I think we can learn our lesson from this episode of asking to know the mind of God concerning any issue we bring before Him. His will is the best in any circumstances we find ourselves because He is  the Alpha and  the Omega, who knows the end from the beginning. May His Name be praised forever and ever in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Remain blessed!!!.

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