WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
"Blessed is he that readeth
… and keep those things
which are written therein."
DO NOT MOCK GOD’S WORD!
Balaam is first mentioned in the Bible when the Israelites approached the land of Canaan after their victory over Sihon and Og (Num 21:21-35). Balak, king of Moab, sent the elders of Moab and Midian to ask Balaam to curse the children of Israel. They brought with them the rewards of divination. The Apostle Peter called it the "wages of unrighteousness" (2 Pet 2:15). Balaam at first refused due to a warning from God. His answer (sent through the messengers), however, gave Balak the hope of winning over the celebrated soothsayer. When the second delegation came, Balaam really changed his mind. Upon hearing of a "blank cheque," he invited Balak’s servants to stay another night while he asked God for "further revelation." The instruction to go with the elders was dependent on a call for him the following day. But, without any call, Balaam wilfully went with them.
How do we mock the Word of God? It is when God commands us to do something and we do a different thing. It is when He tells us to go to a certain place and we go in the opposite direction. It is when the LORD calls us to believe in His teaching and we prefer our own beliefs. God’s Word is then rendered powerless, senseless and useless.
Balaam mocked God’s Word when he did not believe in its finality. This is seen today in how the Charismatics seek "further revelations" through dreams and visions. They search for counsels to satisfy their own imaginations. Apart from the inerrant and infallible Word of God, these Charismatics pursue unbiblical sources of revelation in order to be healthy and wealthy. Their desires are only for the temporal and material things of this world. They do not have the foresight of eternity. Apostasy sets in when the Word of God is denied of its finality.
THOUGHT: Do I believe in the finality of God’s Word?
PRAYER: "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever" (Ps 12:6-7).