Hello good people of “Digging Daily with Pastor Michael”!
Thank you for following. As is my custom from time to time, I will be taking a break from public devotions through this blog. I will be in and out of town over the next several weeks, and I find that my time with this blog is best spent when I am in my normal routine.
So, through June and much of July, I will be posting, but only sporadically. I look forward to my travels with youth trips and vacation time with my family.
S (Scripture): Numbers 23:25 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Don’t curse them or bless them.”
26 But Balaam answered and said to Balak, “Didn’t I say to you, ‘I’ll do whatever the Lord tells me to’?”
27 Balak said to Balaam, “Please come and I’ll take you to another place. Perhaps God will prefer it, so that you could curse him for me from there.”
O (Observation): Balak is King of the people of Moab, a place through which God’s people asked to march, on their way to the Promised Land. Balak said no…he did not give his permission. Moses spoke to God. God said, we are going anyway.
Balak wants to fight God’s people. So, in order to weaken God’s people, Balak sends messengers to Balaam (a sort of priest) to talk with God, in order to send a curse on God’s people. Balaam speaks to God. God says, “I blessed these people. They’re gonna march on.”
Balak’s like “no way.” Balaam’s like “way.”
Twice already, Balaam has blessed God’s people, since God has already blessed them.
Now, we have the text above. For a third time, Balak is seeking to curse God’s people. Nope. Not gonna do it. Not even if Balak sweetens the deal.
A (Application): Ever tried to go against a calling God has placed on your life? To move into a new thing? Ever tried to convince God to choose a different path forward?
We are so tempted to be like Balak…sweeten the pot. Convince God to get on our side.
Only to be disappointed when God doesn’t choose “our” path.
What is God saying to you today? How is God shaping your thoughts and heart today? Who are you in God’s eyes?
With that blessing, now ask yourself: What is God calling me to do? Now that I am reminded that I am God’s…which direction will I head towards now?
Seek wisdom from friends and trusted leaders around you. Share your thoughts and dreams. Seek prayer partners to help you in your discernment this day.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to hear and see our place in your journey. Amen.