Characters: Balaam, the donkey and Balak (king of Moab)
This scripture story is one of encouragement to Israel who might not see beyond their camp nor beyond their own leaders. They were always faced with possible failure to gain the land that God had promised to them. But God did not always tell them how this was to happen.
Another application of this scripture is: Even though a loved son or daughter (like Balaam) appears to be completely lost to you and to God, God is still at work behind the scenes. Keep on praying for your loved ones who walked away from truth and salvation. God says, “I’m not willing that anyone dies without salvation—but that all will come to repentance.”
When did you last pray for your loved ones who have walked away from you and from God? How will you pray? Perhaps you are the one who has walked away? God is faithful, he will not leave you lost. You can come back to Jesus.
Our times are in your hands, oh God. Even though we cannot see what you are doing, show us how we can be part of your glorious work. Because we want to work with you, not against you. Amen.
Jesus Kind and Strong – Colin Buchanan
Your Will be Done—City Alight
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