By now Balaam realized that the LORD was determined to bless Israel, so he did not resort to divination as before. Instead, he turned and looked out toward the wilderness,
From extended research in the matter it seems as if Balaam was being bribed to curse Israel. At the time, he was a powerful and well known sorcerer and prophet. He was obedient to the Lord and did what God wanted. He apparently had a hard time saying, “No.” when it needed to be said. I think a lot of us can relate.
‘No’ is one of the hardest words in the English language for me to say to people. I usually substitute it with a ‘maybe.’ People that know me well know that maybe means ‘No’ about 99% of the time. Do you want to hangout later? Maybe. Do you want to grab lunch? Maybe. It is a terrible habit. I am working on it!
Matthew 5:37 tell us, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” I can’t disagree. Anything outside of these two is leading people to uncertainty. I mean there are times to say maybe, but I need to work on being genuine with my responses.
Jesus wants this most of all. He wants our Yes to be Yes and No to be No. Especially when it is concerning Him. You cannot be a maybe follower of Jesus. You either are or you are not. If Jesus is truly your life, it will show in your actions. Let your Yes be Yes.
Revelation 3:15-16 says, “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” We will have droughts, but you control your effort and attitude in all that you do. Keep seeking Jesus heart and loving others. Things will fall into place.
Am I lukewarm in my faith?
Is is time to make a change?
Dear Lord, thank you for calling us into more. You gave us the perfect example of this. Obedience and love need to grow in our life daily. Thank you for showing us your love on the cross. Amen.
Have a great day!