(21) And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.Numbers 22:21-22
(22) 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.
Balaam was a pagan soothsayer. He was a “spiritual” guy but was no treally a follower of God. He would take whichever position suited him at the time. He used “spiritual” means to make a buck.
God had told him not to curse the children of Israel on behalfo of Moab. He responded to them
by refusing to help. Then they came back with a bigger and better offer. God said to Balaam at that time he could go, but to say only what God had told him to say.
When Balaam got p the next day to go, God was incensed. I believe that God was not angry at Balaam because he went. He was angry because He knew Balaam’s heart. Balaam was going with the wrong motive and with disobedient plans. It is clear he was not ready to listen to God on the trip by his actions we’ll see in the next couple of days passages. As we’ll see, his donkey had more sense than he did.
It is a dangerous thing to be lukewarm. It is dangerous to be “kind of” obedient. It shows foolishness because the problem isn’t ignorance. At least ignorance has a reason for worng actions. Jesus said that he’d rather us be hot or cold. Lukewarmness makes him want to vomit.
Here is a kind of prayer to pray today- “Lord, help me to be passionately obedient to you today! Amen.”