Challenge to obedience

I recently read about Balak and Balaam. Here’s when Balak was afraid of the people of Israel and sent for Balaam, hoping that he could curse them. Numbers 22:7-18

7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fees for divination in their hand. And they came to Balaam and gave him Balak’s message. 8 And he said to them, “Lodge here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, as the Lord speaks to me.” So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam. 9 And God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you?” 10 And Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent to me, saying, 11 ‘Behold, a people has come out of Egypt, and it covers the face of the earth. Now come, curse them for me. Perhaps I shall be able to fight against them and drive them out.’” 12 God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” 13 So Balaam rose in the morning and said to the princes of Balak, “Go to your own land, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.” 14 So the princes of Moab rose and went to Balak and said, “Balaam refuses to come with us.”

15 Once again Balak sent princes, more in number and more honorable than these. 16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak the son of Zippor: ‘Let nothing hinder you from coming to me, 17 for I will surely do you great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do. Come, curse this people for me.’” 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 the Lord my God to do less or more.

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As a graduating senior, I’ve been thinking about future plans. Reading the story of Balaam challenges me to respond the way he did. He was sent for with $$ and people of influence, even to the point where king Balak offered to do whatever Balaam asked him to do. (v17)

Faced with my own choices, can I respond the way he did in verse 18?

“Though [fill in the blank] were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the Lord my God to do less or more.”

Lord, give us the courage to do what You tell us to do.

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