Numbers 22:23 Getting Moved Off The Wrong Path

When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. Numbers 22:23

Traveling down the road no one likes to be put on a detour or told that they cannot continue their journey. Detours and stops can sometimes occur because there is danger ahead that will cause major problems if the path is continued.

Many will get angry about the detour and try to force their way through.

Balaam was on his way to curse or bless the Israelites at the request of Balak. On the way his donkey was stopped by an angel, and it turned off the path. Balaam then beat the donkey.

Everyone who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus is on a path towards holiness and heaven. At times people will choose to take a different path, while still claiming to follow Jesus. They will begin to walk down a path of sin and death.

God, in His perfect love, will put a block on the path to get the person back onto the right path. It could be a donkey, as in the case of Balaam, or it could be something else such as sickness, injury, loss of position or job, or anything else to move the believer off the wrong path.

Instead of getting angry and trying to force the situation to stay on the wrong path, the believer should see God’s hand at work and move. God does not force one off of a path just to be mean, but in order to guide the believer on the right path of righteousness, holiness and what is best for him in light of eternity.

Anytime you begin to stray off the path God has for you He will attempt to put a block in the way. He wants you on the best path possible, not what looks good at the moment.

Do not allow yourself to stray off the path God has for you, whether it is to sin or just to do your own thing. Getting off of God’s path will only lead to frustration, death and destruction.

Seek God’s direction for your life and walk that path. It will lead to holiness, bringing His peace, comfort, and strength.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will trust in God’s leading you; that God will help you to not stray from His path for you; and that you will do God’s will in every area of your life.

Luke 1:30 You Have Found Favor

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30

People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.

In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.

An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.

It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.

Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.

This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.

No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.

You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.

God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.

Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.

Matthew 28:5 Where Are You Looking For Jesus?

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.” Matthew 28:5

Everyday people are searching for something. Often it is something that they have misplaced and are trying to figure out where it was put. Others are searching for something that they had in the past, an experience or a feeling, and desire to have it again.

While they may search for that experience in the past, it is often gone forever, or it has moved on to something new and different. Many fear that it is completely lost with no hope left.

After Jesus had died, He rose again a few days later. Some women chose to go to the tomb and see the tomb of Jesus. When they got there an angel told them to not be afraid, though they were looking for Jesus and He was not there.

In the beginning of the life of a believer, he often has experiences with God that are outstanding. Jesus appears to be especially real and alive to him when he first believes. Later in life some bad circumstance occur and he may feel that Jesus is missing. Often he will go back to the old ways of being with Jesus, rather than seeing that Jesus has moved on forward with new things.

God is not one to just stand still and stay in the same spot forever. He is always on the move, working to build His kingdom that will last forever.

Jesus had died and did the job of purchasing salvation for all who believe. Now it was time to move forward and build the kingdom.

One needs to be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit to know and understand where God is moving and move forward with Him.

As a believer you have met Jesus in your past. You may be wondering where He is today in your life. The initial joy of following Him has gone away and you are searching for Him again.

Do not go back to the tomb, but move forward in where God is working today. Jesus is no longer dead, but alive and working hard. Seek to be led by His Holy Spirit in the place that He is today.

Allow yourself to grow and mature as you work with God on building His kingdom. Where are you looking for Jesus today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God in your life every day; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit as to where God is working in your life; that you will keep your eyes open to what God is doing; and that you will be doing the work God has for you to do.

Revelation 10:6 No More Delaying

And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!” Revelation 10:6

Often when there is a major project to be done, that will take a long time to complete, there are many different delays in completing it. These delays occur due to waiting for parts, or due to the weather, or payments or some other issue that slows the project down.

There has to come a point when the builder of the project stops allowing for any more delays to get it done.

John sees an angel standing up who says that there is to be no more delay, but that God’s will is to be completely accomplished.

Depending upon which side a person is on, delays can be a good thing or a bad thing. Delays in getting a road built is a problem for the drivers. That same delay may be good for those who are trying to fund the building of it.

God’s final will is for the salvation of everyone who follows Jesus and destruction of all who refuse to follow Him. His delay of this final judgement is good news for those who don’t know Jesus yet as their Savior. It gives them an opportunity to believe and be saved.

For the believer, the delay is a struggle because they are waiting to be saved out of this fallen and dark world, full of sin and trouble.

However, there will come a day when God says enough is enough and stops delaying the final judgement. This will occur at the perfect time for God’s will to be completed and the believer needs to have patience in waiting for that time to come.

During your life on this earth you will see many troubles and hardships. You may be wondering how long they will last and when will God do something about them.

God is delaying for a purpose as He waits for the perfect time to end all troubles. Instead of fretting and worrying over the delay, embrace it as God’s perfect timing. Trust God in when He will complete the salvation promised when you began to believe in Jesus and follow Him.

At the right time God will say “There will be no more delay!”

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in God’s perfect timing; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s peace as you wait; and that you will be ready when God says that there is no more delaying.