Who knew that a simple childhood game could emulate the way we are expected to follow instructions from God? I mean think about it. There has been times when God has instructed me to walk towards a door but never told me to actually open the door; however, since he instructed me to go towards the door, I automatically opened the door under the assumption that God wanted me to open the door since he directed me towards the door.
In Numbers 22 NIV, the Israelites were approaching Moab to occupy the land and Balak, king of Moab was terrified because he had seen all that the Israelites did to the Amorites. Balak swiftly sent messengers to summon a man by the name of Balaam so that he may come and place a curse on the Israelite people. When the messengers arrived, Balaam told them to spend the night so that he may report back to them the next morning with the answer that the Lord provided before he made a decision.
Upon receiving Balaam’s refusal, Balak sends more Moabite officials over to persuade Balaam to come place a curse on the Israelite people. Balaam tells the officials to spend the night so that he may find out what the Lord will tell him to do. That night, God instructs Balaam to go with the men who have come to summon him but to only do what God instructs him to do. The next morning Balaam got on his donkey and went with the Moabite officials.
It is up to you to carefully listen to God and pay close attention to the instructions that He will tell you to do so that you stay in alignment with God and always following Him every step along the way. This month, before making an irrational decision that seems like it may make logical sense to you or the average mind, truly take a moment to step back and ask yourself, am I following the leader (God)?
We thank you. Thank you for waking us up and blessing us with another day of life so that we may serve you. Thank you for blessing us with distinct gifts, skills, and talents. Thank you for always directing our paths, protecting and covering us, warning us, and believing in us in spite of our mistakes. We ask for forgiveness for all of the times that we have unknowingly overlooked your warnings or disregarded your instruction. We pray that as we move forward throughout the year of 2016 that you open up our ear-gates so that we may hear your instruction clearly and it may resonate with us every step along the way. Strengthen our ability to tune out the distractions of the world so that we may focus in on you. Equip us with a keen ability to follow our leader at all times. With complete love and adoration toward you Lord, we pray this prayer in Jesus name, Amen.