The story of Balaam to me is one of the more interesting stories in the Bible. Yesterday we had Balaam's donkey speaking to him. Today, we have Balaam getting ready to curse Israel, but instead he pronounces a blessing, making the guy that had paid him to curse Israel pretty upset. But, he had to speak what God had given him to say.
God spoke through him, through he wasn't what you might consider the perfect spokesman. I think this can show us two important things. First, let us know that God can speak through any of us. You don't have to be a preacher, no matter who you are, or what you do, God may lay something on your heart to say, and when He does, we need to say it.
Second, let us be aware that God can speak to us through anyone. Today, let us be aware that God can speak to us not only through preachers, but through co workers. Through family. Through any means. If He can speak through a donkey, he can speak through anything or anyone. Let us have our ears open to hear what He might have to say to us today.
New Testament Lesson
Paul today echoes that refrain that each of us knows. We know what the right thing to do is. We know what we should do, we know what is right. Yet, we do wrong. Even through we know that we shouldn't do it, even through we know that it is wrong, even through we know it is the very thing we ought not do; we still do it. Paul did, we do it. It is common trait for all humanity.
We can't save ourselves from it. We can't will it. We can't just make ourselves stop doing wrong and start doing right. Only God's grace working through us can do it. As Paul said, who can save us from this body of death? Thanks be to Jesus. For He can.
We can't do it ourselves. But, all things are possible through Jesus.
Jesus says today that the kingdom belongs to those that produce fruit for the kingdom. Through the power of the Spirit, we produce the fruit: love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, self-control. Though the Spirit, we see the kingdom grow, we see lives changed, we see God do amazing things.
Today, let's let God's grace rule in our lives, and in that we'll see amazing fruit, both in our lives in and all around us.