But Balaam responded to the servants of Balak, “If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the command of the LORD my God to do [anything] small or great. Please stay here overnight as the others did, so that I may find out what else the LORD has to tell me.” – Numbers 22:18-19
Have you ever asked God for something and received an answer that you didn’t like? Well, of course, you have! Sometimes God’s leadership and the path He chooses for us are not what we expect or desire and it is completely natural at times like these to look for ways around His Word … to seek alternative routes that are more agreeable.
God clearly told Balaam not to help Balak and the Moabites with their plan to destroy the Israelites. At first, Balaam told the king’s messengers that he would not be able to provide any assistance, but then he gave himself more time by asking them to stick around … ostensibly to see if God might change His mind. Ultimately, the consistent compromises and stalling tactics of Balaam led to his destruction.
The best response to a command of God is immediate, unequivocal, uncompromising obedience, for stalling is just another way of saying, “No.”
Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. – Christopher Parker
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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