Friday – March 8, 2024

Numbers 22-25; Luke 1

By Kelli Simpkins

“Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” Numbers 22:31

I struggle with a very quiet kind of stubbornness. I can get caught up with how I imagine something should go and have trouble pivoting from that image. Kind of like Balaam, I’ll put my blinders on and keep on going, almost to my detriment.

You’ve heard the phrase “stubborn as a mule”? Well, that’s Balaam all right. He said he wouldn’t go against God, that is until he got an offer he couldn’t refuse. Then he allowed his greed to blind him to God’s attempts at stopping him. Finally, he lashed out at his faithful donkey when he was only trying to protect him.

We do that to God, don’t we? We saddle up to something that might not be best for us, and when God sends safeguards to protect us, we lash out or see them as obstacles to overcome. At first, we might even think it’s the enemy attempting to thwart our plans, but that’s where discernment comes in.

See, not only was Balaam being disobedient, but his motives didn’t honor God either. When you’re trying to discern between safeguards and obstacles, reflect on your actions and motives. Are they honoring God, or benefiting self? Pray that God will show you which way he wants you to go, and then give Him the reins. (Ok, last equine pun, I promise! 😊)


  1. Jean says:

    My prayer is God will open my eyes and I will pay attention 🙏🏼