Week 5: Day 4- Numbers 22:31

31  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 

Num 22:31

Explanation:

God had opened the mouth of the donkey, and now he opened the eyes of Balaam.  What Balaam saw was the “angel of the Lord” in warrior position. He was standing, blocking the direction Balaam wanted to go, with the sword unsheathed and at the ready.  Of course Balaam’s response is somewhat expected.  He was fearful, and suprised.  He evened seem to surrender at a certain level.  He bowed down and fell flat on his face.  Was this worship?  I believe it was not worship, but fear.  Why?  Because later he is used to bring Baal worship to Israel (Numbers 31:8,16).  Maybe it was worship at this moment, but it did not ultimately transform his life.

Application:

There are always things that happen that I do not see.  God is at work, and He has a plan.  At the same time, much of His will is not a mystery.  It is found in His Word.  We must respond to His Word in obedience.  We must trust that God has a plan when we can’t see it.  

Response:

Are you fighting God? 

Are you going in a right direction with a wrong motive? 

Are you being disobedient in your walk?  STOP!  Trust God’s plan!

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