The path is narrow and I am blind to God’s message.

Balaam’s Donkey

21Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab.22But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.23When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.

24Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat her again.

26Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.27When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat her with his staff.28Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

29Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”30The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”  “No,” he said.

31Then 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.
God tells us He is the way.  He also tells us the path is narrow.  But in the case of Balaam and likely our lives (for a true believer), God walls us in on both sides to encourage us to do His good will and pleasure.  Yet, in our blindness we continue to force our way.  We don’t see the angel in front of us blocking our way from sin. 
There is but one way that produces fruit and authenticates you as a believer in “The Way”. Pray that if you can’t see the way of God, at least you will listen to the donkey.  Sin destroys. 

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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

2 thoughts on “The path is narrow and I am blind to God’s message.”

  1. People who seem to either ride donkeys (Balaam), tend donkeys (Saul before he was king) or belong to donkey politics, all seem to have a problem with straying from God’s will. Hmmm

  2. That’s funny Marianne. Quite the connection. I am fascinated with the whole story of Balaam. Think I’ll read and ponder a few more times….

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