• Your path is a reckless one before me

I Hope I’m Never Balaam & On A Reckless Path

I have been accused of being a jack-ass and have certainly felt that I have talked to a few, but I hope I’m never Balaam. Although at first blush, Balaam may seem cool. In the story in Numbers 22, Balaam is given high praise by the king of Moab. King Balak says, “I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed.” The text says Balaam inquires of the LORD, and the LORD answers him. It is not until the angel appears before Balaam’s donkey that I see that God is angry. Numbers 22:32 reads,” I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.” Dwell on that statement for a moment.

America has been reckless

Imagine God sending a message to you saying, “Your path is a reckless one before me.” Sadly, I can imagine such a message. Sometimes, I have thought I was “good enough.” Sure, none of us are perfect, and we all have to rely on God’s grace and mercy, but are our hearts trying to do the right thing? Sometimes, I have been reckless. As a nation, I believe that America has been reckless too. Revelation 2:14,15 mentions that Balaam eventually taught Balak to put a stumbling block before Israel, leading them to become religiously compromised and morally compromised.

King Balak was smart enough to realize he could not defeat Israel militarily. He chose to wage a spiritual war against Israel. That is why he reached out to Balaam in the first place. I gave Balaam too much credit when I only considered him by what is said in Numbers. Only after doing a word search for Balaam throughout the Bible did I understand how reckless Balaam became before his death. He eventually chose the wrong side in a spiritual war.

How many warnings have we failed to take seriously?

He may have never thought he would wander so far away from the right side. I think Balaam is an example of why all of us today need to be careful to try to please God. Balaam wanted financial gain. He wanted to try and satisfy King Balak and failed to heed the warning he received from God. How many warnings have we failed to take seriously?

America has stumbled. More importantly, America has failed to heed warnings from God. America has met the enemy, and it is us. A spiritual war is raging. Only those that are on God’s side can be victorious. Politicians cannot save us. Individually each of us must not be reckless in our relationship with God.