Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ever Feel Like a Donkey?

Who doesn't feel like the backside of a donkey from time to time?

There's a story in Numbers the 22nd chapter that tells about Balaam and his donkey. God was angry with Balaam, but Balaam didn't know it. 

Uh-oh!!!!  Has God ever been displeased with you and you weren't aware of it? Bad place to be, right?

Well, dear ole Balaam was headed in a wrong direction. God didn't want him going to the princes of Moab.  An angel of the Lord stood in the way of the donkey and the animal wouldn't budge. In fact, the donkey pressed against a wall and crushed Balaam's foot.

Well, now, guess what happened? Balaam grew furious with the donkey and beat the poor thing. Balaam urged the donkey forward, but the donkey lady couldn't go. The angel stood in the way, so she lay down with Balaam on top of her. 

Good grief!  Doesn't Balaam get the message? Something must be wrong. Nope! Not him. Not yet.

Balaam beat the poor thing again. He thrashed the poor old girl three times.

After the third lashing, the donkey spoke to him. She said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me three times?"

Now get this, Balaam answers the talking donkey! He doesn't do a double-take about his animal speaking to him. If it had been me, I'd have fainted dead away.  I don't have a Mr. Ed in the barn.

At the end of the story, Balaam sees the angel and realizes that HE is the ass in the scene. 

The moral of the story for us is this: Don't be the south end of a donkey going north. Travel in the direction God plans for you. AND if an animal speaks to you this day and time, see a psychiatrist. 

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