This Month's Promise

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”

- (Nahum 1:7)

Read: Numbers 22: 4-29


“God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, ...” (Numbers 22: 12)

In today’s text we read of Balaam who is not exactly the hero we want to pattern our lives because first he was materialistic. Apparently a motive behind all that was going on with Balaam was his love for wealth. He was willing to do whatever he could get away with, just for money. Peter in II Peter 2: 15 warns us against “the way of Balaam,” Jude in Jude 11 “the error of Balaam” and John in Revelation 2: 14 “the doctrine of Balaam.” God evidently considers these warnings necessary and appropriate for Christians even today. Balaam possessed great knowledge concerning God, and even received direct revelations from God. What therefore were his way, his error and his doctrine? Firstly, the “way of Balaam was a readiness to sell out cheaply his high spiritual gifts and privileges for the “wages of unrighteousness”. (II Peter 2: 15) He was willing to preach something contrary to God’s work for personal gain. Secondly, the “error of Balaam” was evidently his willingness to compromise his own standards of morality and truth in order to accommodate those of the pagan people. (Jude 11) Finally, the “doctrine of Balaam.” This doctrine, even in Apostle John’s day was already infiltrating the church of Pergamum. What was Balaam’s doctrine? It was to use his own teaching authority to persuade God’s people that it was alright for them also to compromise their standards to commit sexual immorality, with their idol worshipping neighbors. In Numbers 23-24 we read of the prophecies of Balaam concerning Israel’s prosperity. After this, the nation of Israel committed sexual sin with the Moabite women. When Balaam saw he couldn’t bring direct curse on Israel, he came up with a plan to make them stumble by having the Moabite women entice them into sexual sin and bringing God’s wrath on them.

Dear friends, let us not be like Balaam. Let us be careful not to follow his way, commit his error or practice his doctrines. When we do so, we open ourselves up for Balaam’s trap and start compromising ourselves one step at a time to the temptations of the world.

PRAYER:  Dear Lord, let me not sell out my spiritual gifts for the sake of money. Let me not compromise my standards of morality to accommodate worldly people’s standards. Let me not fall into Balaam’s trap but obey Your precepts and laws always, come what may. Amen.