READ: Numbers 22:10-34
The Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way. —Numbers 22:31
Under it. Over it. Around it. Through it. Nothing will stop me from doing
it.” I often hear people express this kind of attitude when they get an
idea or see an opportunity that seems good or profitable. They devote
all of their resources to getting it done.
As evidence that this way of thinking may be flawed, I call as my witness a donkey—a donkey belonging to a man named Balaam.
Balaam was offered a profitable assignment from a neighboring king, and he
inquired of God for permission to accept it (Num. 22). When God said no, the king’s representatives made a better offer. Thinking God might
change His mind, Balaam asked again. God granted permission for Balaam
to go with them but with strict conditions. God knew Balaam’s heart and
was not pleased with him, so He placed His Angel in the way. Balaam
couldn’t see the Angel but his donkey could. When the donkey refused to
continue, Balaam became angry with the animal for blocking his progress.
Balaam’s story teaches us that not every obstacle is meant to be overcome. Some
are placed by God to keep us from doing something foolish. When our
plans are hindered, we shouldn’t assume that it’s Satan trying to stop
us. It might be God trying to protect us. —Julie Ackerman Link
Let Your wisdom guide me ever,
For I dare not trust my own;
Lead me, Lord, in tender mercy,
Leave me not to walk alone. —Reed
God is always protecting us— even when we don’t realize we need it.