Powerful thought today by Ed M., on Balaam in Num 23.26. Here’s one small portion:
A truth recognized. Balaam, the famous heathen diviner, spoke the truth. “I must do whatever the Lord says,” Numbers 23:26. Obedience was an ethical obligation, Exodus 23:22; Leviticus 19:37; Deuteronomy 6:18. God expects an unquestioning compliance, Hebrews 13:20,21. Jesus does, too, John 15:14.
Focus question: What does the Lord say today? What incentives do I have not to do them? What reward comes form obedience?
Not infrequently A.B. Simpson’s denominational doctrines get in the way of appreciating his devotionals, but this one comes across well, on how to enjoy this day:
1. Be right with God, for gladness [is sown] for the upright in heart (Psalm 97:11). It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.
2. Forget yourself and live for others, for It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
3. When you cannot rejoice in feelings, circumstances or conditions, rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4), and count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (James 1:2).
4. Finally, obey the Lord and be faithful to your trust, and again and again His blessed Spirit will whisper to your heart, Well done, thou good and faithful servant, . . . enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21).
Also, check out the piece of Longfellow’s poem he shares.
“When we trust that God chooses the part we play, then we need not worry about our obscurity and anonymity, only our obedience to play our part.” —Christine Caine
Amen. He sees us. That is enough. Do your work.
My prayer today is that someone teetering on the edge of obedience might be converted and saved.
The great commandment of Deut 6: love God. The great exhortation: obey God. The two are intimately connected.