Daily Read â€“ Numbers 22:21-23:30; Luke 1:57-80; Psalm 58:1-11; Proverbs 11:12-13
Balaam and the Donkey
Our precious Father goes to great lengths to get our attention. His grace and mercy for His children far exceed anything experienced in the natural from any human being. The love of God continually reaches out to us even when we are strong-willed and hardheaded. The story of Balaam is a perfect example of God's amazing grace extended to a man so determined to do his own thing he couldnâ€™t even recognize God's supernatural intervention.
Imagine starting a journey in total disregard to God's guidance and instruction. Everything seems to go as expected until for some unexpected reason your ride begins having a fit. Balaam was oblivious to heavenâ€™s intervention keeping him certain peril. An angel was sent by God, but he was so distracted with his own agenda he didnâ€™t recognize heaven on the path. His donkey saw everything and refused to travel on, even though it meant a beating from his owner.
Balaam couldnâ€™t see the Lord's intervention and considered the whole event an obnoxious inconvenience. God even went as far as to open the mouth of his donkey to speak to Balaam. Now, wouldn't you think this would get his attention? Balaam not only remained clueless about the angelic presence, but he entered into conversation with his donkey!
I don't know about you, but if my dog began speaking to me, I would not only faint, but on the way to the floor, I would know I had experienced something supernatural from God! Finally, Balaam's eyes could see the angel and he fell on his face in repentance. Praise God!
How far does God have to go to get your attention? Are you sensitive to hear His voice the first time He speaks, or does He have to go to extreme measures before you will listen? God constantly intervenes on our behalf. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see and recognize His remarkable interventions in your life. Ask Holy Spirit to bring a fresh sensitivity to His voice. He always speaks, you just need to take time to listen. He holds the answers to your questions and He has the map with accurate directions to your future.
God is speaking - Do you recognize His voice?
Open my eyes Lord I want to see You. Open my ears Lord I want to hear You. This is my prayer today. I want to recognize Your presence in my life. I get so busy in my daily routine that I sometimes fail to discern Your presence and interventions. Many times, my prayers are answered, but because of life's distractions, I fail to recognize the answer came from You. Lord, forgive me for my negligence in this area. Thank You for going to such great lengths to convey your love for me. I desire to hear the first time You speak. I will seek and find You today because You are always in my life.