2020 Day 169 – Numbers 21-22 and Proverbs 17

2020 Day 169 – Numbers 21-22 and Proverbs 17

Balaam asked God what he should do about the messengers that Balak had sent.  “God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.’” (Numbers 22:12)  Balaam passed along that message to the first group that asked, but when a second group came asking the same question, Balaam went to God again even though he knew what the answer should be.  God was not pleased with Balaam.  “But God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.” (Numbers 22:22)  Our Heavenly Father gave each one of us the free will to make our own decisions just like he did with Balaam.  When it comes to making the decision to follow the Lord or not, we have the words of Joshua.  “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)  God gives us all ample opportunity to follow Him.  “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)  He is patient with us, but as the next verse tells us there will be a day of judgement.  “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” (2 Peter 3:10)

Today’s reading: Numbers 21-22 and Proverbs 17

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