We just need to be willing like the donkey, not resistant like Balaam
Numbers 22:23 “When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his drawn sword in his hand, the donkey turned off from the way and went into the field; but Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back into the way”
Balaam was a true prophet through whom the Lord spoke on a number of occasions.
Here we read, Balaam was on his way to see Balak (King of Moab).
Balaam had a reputation.
Balak says that he knows that whoever Balaam curses is cursed and whoever Balaam blesses is blessed.
Balak wants Balaam to curse the Israelite people who are camped out in the plains of Moab.
But God does not want Balaam to curse His chosen people because He has already blessed them.
He is riding his donkey and doesn’t realize that God has set an angel in the way of the path to block him.
Balaam didn’t see what God had allowed the donkey to see, so he hit the donkey.
Embarrassed and frustrated, Balaam hits his donkey a third time.
Balaam was acting more like a donkey, and he angrily beat the poor animal because it refused to go forward.
So, miraculously, the Lord gave the donkey the power of speech.
The Lord used a donkey to protect Balaam and open his eyes to what the Lord was doing.
We know that donkeys really aren’t all that great.
They’re stubborn, they’re smelly, they’re not capable, not really able to do that much.
If God can use a donkey, He can use you and me.
We may not feel like we are something special. But if God can speak through a donkey, He can certainly use you and me.
But when God gives us a word to speak to someone, speak it.
This donkey spoke more truthfully than a lot of “preachers.”, just saying…….
When He uses us — we just need to be willing like the donkey, not resistant like Balaam.
Jooley Mathew Z