enough rope

marmsky March 2018 (26)

enough rope

devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2332

Numbers 22:14-21

Num 22:14 So the princes of Moab got up and went to Balak and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us.”
Num 22:15 Once again Balak sent princes, more in number and higher ranking than these.
Num 22:16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “This is what Balak the son of Zippor says: ‘Let nothing keep you from coming to me,
Num 22:17 because I will surely treat you with great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Come, curse this people for me.'”
Num 22:18 But Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of Yahveh my God to do less or more.
Num 22:19 So you, too, please stay here tonight, that I may know what more Yahveh will say to me.”
Num 22:20 And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only do what I tell you.”
Num 22:21 So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.

enough rope

So far, Balaam is acting with integrity, only doing what he is specifically instructed to by the LORD, and not promising what he cannot deliver. He is being tested — being given enough rope that he will eventually hang himself, and his true loyalty will be revealed.

We must be wary of new opportunities that come our way. Not every new opportunity is destined to bring God glory, and benefit us.

LORD, give us the wisdom to stay far away from new opportunities that might end in disgrace for us, and dishonor for you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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