“And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.” Numbers 22:32-33 KJV
It’s amazing what God has to do to get our attention. The very thing that we get upset about could be the very thing that God uses to get our attention. For example, you are shocked that I used the word “ass” which is the proper name of a donkey and is found in the Bible, but maybe that’s what God needed to get your attention this morning.
God got Balaam’s attention by causing his ass or donkey to frustrate him. God had already told him that he didn’t want him to go see Balaak because Balaak wanted Balaam to put a curse on the children of Israel. God told him not to curse them and not to go but Balaam decided to go anyway.
The Bible says that God told Balaam to go but on the condition that he only say what God told him to say. If God told him to go, why did the angel show up with a drawn sword to kill Balaam? Could it be that Balaam was going under the guise of being obedient but all the while he stubbornly had his own agenda? Could it be that Balaam wanted that money that Balaak was offering him?
On his way to go see Balaak and possibly to get paid to put a curse on Israel an angel appeared in the road with a drawn sword to kill Balaam. Balaam didn’t see the angel but his ass saw it!
- The ass saw the angel and went off the road into a field. Balaam beat his ass because she got off the road. The angel was about to kill Balaam but the ass saved his life by going off the road. If God had not allowed your ass to run off the road you might have died going in the wrong direction. How many times have we got upset because our ass got off track? Could it be that God was trying to save your ass because you were headed for destruction?
- The ass saw the angel with a drawn sword in a narrow path and moved to avoid him scraping Balaams foot against the wall. Balaam beat his ass out of anger of his foot being in pain. How many times has our ass caused us to get hurt because we were headed somewhere God didn’t want us to go. This painful event should have turned Balaam around but instead he focused on his pain and took his frustration out on the ass. We take our frustration out on the wrong people and the wrong things when God was trying to get your ass to turn around.
- The ass saw the angel about to kill Balaam with no where to turn she just dropped down and Balaam beat his ass. Sometimes God has to let our ass just shut all the way down before he has no other alternative but to take us out because we won’t listen!
God opens the mouth of this ass and this donkey starts talking. Now the ass or the donkey is considered to be the must stubborn and dumbest of all animals but she makes more sense then the man riding her. The ass says to Balaam, “Why are you beating me? Have I not been your donkey for a long time? Have I ever been in the custom of acting like this?“ Then God opened the eyes of Balaam and he saw what his ass saw… an angel with a drawn sword! He fell to his knees just like his ass did. Then the angel said, “If your ass had not ran off the road, ran your foot up against that wall, and bowed down I would have killed you but saved your ass!”
All of the things that frustrate us and seem like they are inconveniences may be God trying to save your ass so that he will not have to kill you. There is a direction that God wants you to take. You cannot go curse what God is blessing. I don’t care how much money they offer you, if God told you not to go you better let God lead your ass back home!
Thank you for getting our attention this morning. Sometimes you have to offend us before you can mend us. Help somebody that was headed for destruction to see the warning signs before they end up destroying themselves.
In Jesus’ Name,