“But Balaam answered them, Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God.” Numbers 22:18
As the Israelites were traveling along, they came to the country of Moab. Word had already made it to the Balak the king of Moab that the Israelites were powerful and had already destroyed several nations. He did not want to be destroyed so he sent some men to Balaam to ask him to curse the Israelites. At first Balaam refused to go with the men. He stated that even if he was given all the gold of the king, he could only do or say what God commanded him to do or say.
People in this world will try to get you to do things that are not in God’s will. They will come and offer all kinds of great gifts to get you to do those things. Those gifts can be money, gifts, positions, titles, or some other type of gift. The gift is whatever it will take to get you to do what they want.
Believers need to stand like Balaam started to stand. He refused to do anything that God did not want him to do. He did not allow the glitter of gold to sway him into doing what was wrong or against God’s desire.
Most likely you will never be asked to go up and curse a group of people, but there will be other things the world will try to get you to do. The temptations to play a little with sin, or to look the other way when seeing sin happening in other believers, or speaking against others.
Before those events occur, you must have already made up your mind that you will only do what God wants. Know what God wants of you in advance so that you will be ready when the enemy tries to sway you down the wrong path.
What are you willing to do or not do?
Whose command will you follow today?
I pray today that you will stand strong against sinning against God; that you will not speak against God’s people in the wrong way; that you will only follow God’s commands; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.