When Donkeys Talk
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 39:7-13 | Numbers 22:21-23:20 | Luke 1:57-80 | Proverbs 11:12-13
Today’s Scripture Focus: Numbers 22-23
“Why have you beaten your poor donkey these three times? I have come to block your way because you’re getting way ahead of yourself. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she hadn’t, I would have killed you by this time, but not the donkey. I would have let her off” (Numbers 22:32-33 The Message).
God is very creative in communicating with his people. But when God starts to speak to you through a donkey, you know you are in trouble. God’s servants, especially prophets or preachers, are wise to learn the lessons of Balaam.
Don’t let people influence you—whether through money or power or position—to compromise your message. There are those who would like to influence your message—to make it more comfortable. Balaam knew that he would prove a false prophet if he didn’t say exactly what God wanted him to say. There is no place for changing or compromising the message.
Don’t get ahead of yourself. Do what God wants you to do when he wants you to do it. Don’t run ahead or behind God and his leading. You’ll only get yourself in trouble.
Don’t forget to take the time to develop your “spiritual ears and eyes” to hear his voice and see his working. Ministry requires sensitivity to God’s voice. It also requires us to see where he is at work that we can join in him in the work. It has to be embarrassing to have God speak to you through a donkey. Keep your spiritual eyes and ears open. Don’t miss out on all he has to say, or on all he is doing.
Dear Heavenly Father, May I never be be so bull-headed that you need to talk to me through a donkey. Give a sensitive heart and ears to hear you speak clearly. Give me the strength to never compromise the message, but always communicate the words you intend me to speak. Amen.