Numbers Chapter 22
One thing that is worth pondering is that even though Balaam, (the soothsayer or a diviner) as Joshua 13:22 says, was not a prophet from Isreal, he relied upon finding out what the Lord has for him. He could have directly gone with the officials of Balak and cursed Israel and be rewarded handsomely and received whatever he asked for.
If a diviner could do that, how about us? We, the children of God need to ask God before we take any step in our lives.
Are we trying to find the will of God in our lives or are we taking full control of our lives and living as we want?
Are we taking any major or minor decision all by ourselves or are we consulting God and trying to seek His advice and guidance?
*We have a prayer answering God. * As Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me;”
Balaam had all the temptations of having gold and silver to disobey God but he chose to obey God all the three times.
Are we setting our hearts and minds on the things above? Or
Are we craving for the things of this world?
Colossians 3:1-3 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
1 John 2:15-17 says,
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
*Bible warns us to be away from money. * I Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
How many times do we have temptations to sin against God? Do we stand firm and rely upon God and consult Him as Balaam consulted? Or
Are we carried away by the lust of the world and sin against our Holy Father in heaven?
Let us introspect ourselves.
👩💻 Komal Pradeep
Hyderabad, English Group# 7050