S (Scripture):Numbers 24:10 Then Balak became very angry at Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have done nothing but bless them these three times! 11 So now, go back where you came from! I said that I would greatly honor you; but now the Lord has stood in the way of your honor.”
O (Observation): Balaam heard from the Lord and at this point has now blessed Israel three times. Balak claps his hands together in an angry manner, and demands that Balaam leave at once. Balak thought he could manipulate God through Balaam’s connection to God. Balak thought if he could get Balaam to curse Israel, then God’s people would be thwarted.
Balak was a bit twisted in his viewpoint of who God is. And his last line is what really throws me off: “now the Lord has stood in the way of your honor.”
A (Application): If my honor ever depended on earthly gain and a Kingdom loss…you can keep your earthly gain.
I admit that I’ve fallen prey to earthly gain and Kingdom loss, but that is never my hope or goal. We see this a lot:
- When someone chooses to save face, rather than stand in solidarity with one being persecuted unjustly
- When someone chooses to take the credit for someone else’s actions/wisdom
- When we make a purchase that saves us money, because someone is willing to slave away for $1/hour
But the part that blows me away is Balak’s notion that the Lord would cause Balaam to lose his honor.
But then again, maybe that is the lesson here. Maybe the Lord does cause us to lose honor in this world. But that honor is not lost in the Kingdom.
May we be bold enough to lose honor (according to the world) in the name of Jesus Christ.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to be brave, bold believers. Amen.