Dec 22, 2018
It is Proverbs 14:12 that reads: “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” In other words, each of us has choices we face each and every day of our lives. We can do things our way or submit to God and do it His way. And, in Numbers 22-23, we get introduced to a man named Balaam, who was severely tempted to ignore the will of God and follow his own selfish desire for financial reward. In fact, Balaam became so blinded by his greed, that he couldn’t see the danger of his situation. God had clearly warned him, and had told what he could and could not do. But Balaam was strongly influenced by the offer of material gain. And, in one of those strange and quirky scenes found in Scripture, Balaam gets a much-needed lesson from the mouth of a donkey. God miraculously used a dumb animal to speak truth to an ignorant and money-hungry man. The apostle Peter used this story to warn his readers about the “way of Balaam,” the temptation to allow our greed to disregard the revealed will of God.