If your donkey talks you should probably listen.

March 14, 2012

We all have blind spots.

That’s one reason we need to live in close community with other believers. We need to empower others to speak into our lives.

One of the craziest stories in the Bible has to be when a donkey talked to its master. Balaam had disobeyed God. Moreover, he led his beast down a path that was blocked by an Angel with a sword. This sword was meant for Balaam’s destruction.

The donkey saw what Balaam couldn’t see. The donkey tried to stop their perilous trajectory. He ultimately crushed Balaam’s leg against the cliff wall. Balaam beat the donkey for not continuing forward.

Balaam couldn’t see the angel. He had a blind spot.

The donkey began to talk to Balaam. Balaam talked back.

That’s funny.

Isn’t it amazing what we do when we are dead set on a certain course in life?

We abuse the ones that are trying to save us from destruction.

  • The pastor that preaches to your sin has no business getting in your business.
  • The friend that confronts you over coffee needs to be more concerned with his own life.
  • The spouse that pleads with you to change is being overbearing and inconsiderate.

When we don’t change after loving confrontation, God often will do something supernatural to get your attention. He loves us that much.

  • Perhaps the Holy Spirit convicts you.
  • Or somebody gives you a word of knowledge.
  • You might be stirred out of sleep by a dream.

God will do everything He can to bring us to repentance. Actually it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.

Even then, we can be so set on our direction, that we miss the grace right in front of our face.

Balaam talked with his donkey like it was the normal thing to do. I’d at least have stuttered a bit in surprise. He argued his case in the face of a supernatural demonstration sent to save.

What can we take away from this story?

  1. Don’t abuse those trying to save you. Admit that you have blind spots, and be thankful for those believers in your life that point out those spots.
  2. Don’t let your stubbornness numb you to supernatural moments that are sent to save you. Jesus will do whatever it takes to save you. The manifestation of His hand is intended to lead you closer to His face.