Numbers 23-24 B

“Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Please come, I will take you to another place; perhaps it will be agreeable with God that you curse them for me from there.’” (23:27‬)

When I read this sentence, my first thought is: how ridiculous! You think location makes a difference? But yes! To Balak, it did, because the gods of Canaaan (along with many other international pagan deities) are localized, and must be worshiped–or called upon–in a certain place. They’re also more easily wielded to bless or curse others at the whim of spiritual people.

The LORD is not that way. The whole earth is full of Him. He is creator, and He doesn’t change His mind, or bend to the will of man.

Balaam wasn’t sure how else to explain this situation. I literally cannot move against Him. I cannot curse what He has blessed. All the money in the world couldn’t affect this outcome.

Much of this is taking place unbeknownst to Israel. They’re still across the river grumbling about petty stuff, while the LORD introduces Himself to their enemies.

We don’t know what all the LORD does on our behalf, but by now, we should recognize Who He Is enough to find our place. He is for us, but unable to be manipulated by us. He is over all creation, He’s not the mascot of our club.

If you find yourself praying and praying for something, inventing new ways–places–to ask for the same thing, perhaps it’s time to ask the LORD for His Will. Ask the LORD for His perspective today.

-Bethany

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