Balaam Ticked God Off

This morning I was reading in Num. 22 the story of Balaam

Num 22: 20 - 22 20 And God came to Balaam at night and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, rise, go with them; but only do what I tell you.” 21 So Balaam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab. 22 But God's anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him.

Why was God angry with Balaam after telling him to go?  It doesn't make sense, does it?

Balaam was a prophet, and he wasn't a false prophet but he was a wicked one.

I took a few moments to soak that in.  How many people are followers of Jesus, but they refuse to follow Him with all their heart?

Balaam was hired by the King of Moab to curse the Israelites.  But each time Balaam blessed them.  Needless to say, the King was mad.  In the end, the king got what he wanted when Balaam told him how to destroy the Israelites.  Send in Moabite women to entice the men to worship the idol Molech.  It worked and you can read how much of a mess that caused.

It seems that some people are always scheming to get what they want.  They do not care what it does to others.  They do not care how it affects other people.  Just as long as they get what they want.

As a follower of Christ, I do not want to be so selfishly narrowminded that I end up offending God and hurting others.

Humility is the beginning of ministry.
Repentance isn't an event, it's a way of life.
Selflessness is a choice and it doesn't come easy.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to listen to you.  AMEN