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God's Best

Balaam was a prophet who looked at his ability more as a business than a religious privilege. He had obviously been used of God and was spoken to by God. One day Balak king of Moab sought Balaam's help to curse the people of Israel. This became a revealer of Balaam's heart. (Numbers 22-24) Balak sent men to bring Balaam to him. The first time they were refused. The second time God allowed Balaam to go but on his way met him at three times in the road. Balaam's donkey, a loyal and perpetual servant, only saw the Angel standing in front of them. It tried three times to avoid the Angel's presence as Balaam move forward on the road but was beaten each time by Balaam for its assumed disobedience. Then, Balaam's eyes were opened to the Angel's presence and he realized that the donkey was only acting out of love for him; otherwise, the Angel would have taken his master's life. Gordon Wenham said of this story, "The donkey was caught three times between the A…

Involved

How involved is God in your life? Do you see His activity in you and around you? These questions go to the issue of God's love and faithfulness to us. The psalmist, probably David because of the circumstances presented, says, "I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me." The translation of the last phrases is noted to be "who does things for me." (Psalm 57:2) The emphasis is threefold: One, the picture here is of a person who cries out to God. He involves Him in his life. He seeks help from Him. God is viewed as a personal friend, a helper, a defender. Two, he identifies Him as God "Most High." He is above all on the earth and beyond. There is no person that can usurp His position or no person that has more power than Him to act on our behalf. He recognizes God's position and control over his destiny. And three, the psalmist sees what God does on his behalf. God is working for him and he is aware of it. He can acknowled…

Fear or Faith

There are two ways to live life: one is in fear, responding to your circumstances and trying to protect yourself; and two is in faith, trusting in God to be there in your circumstances and carry you through them. The psalmist said, "When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid." (Psalm 56:3-4) He has taken the ultimate step to place his life in the hands of God and recognize that it is His power, will, and love that must be depended on, not his own human power to manipulate what happens to him. The psalmist has not yet been delivered, nor is he freed from being afraid, rather in his heart he is preparing with a righteous response for times of fear. In other words, the psalmist is not going to let his circumstances dictate his ultimate mind set. He will experience fear but when it comes he will also respond with faith in God. For believers the ultimate leap of faith is to trust Christ as Savior and Lord. To believe …

Breaches

Do you remember all the times you disobeyed your parents? It would be a lot if you were a normal child. There are breaches we make with family, friends and neighbors and there are breaches we make with God. A breach is a failure to observe the terms of a law or a promise. The Israelites left Egypt, walked through the Red Sea on dry ground, established the Tabernacle, obtained the Ten Commandments and traveled to the edge of the Promise Land by Numbers 14. Then, they sent twelve spies into the land and they came back with amazing stories of abundance but also a fear of the strong people that lived there. So, they rebelled against entering the Promise Land and desired to go back to Egypt. So massive was the rebellion that God threatened to destroy all of them and start again with Moses and Aaron to create a new nation. Moses interceded and God said, "I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth,…