"And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?" (Numbers 22:27-28)
I read a very interesting story in my A. M. reading assignment, this a. m. Let me recap.
The Hebrew children are entering the Promised Land. They have destroyed two armies, already, and have come to the borders of Moab.
Balak is king of Moab. He is very afraid of Moses, and the Israelites. They have defeated two kings that were stronger than he is.
Balak makes a desperate attempt to undermine Israel by calling upon a notorious prophet named, Balaam. This guy was famous in his day. He would be like a "tele-evangelist" from our day!
Balak sends word to Balaam, saying, "Come and put a curse on these people, and I will pay you well."
Balak was speaking Balaam's language. He saddled his donkey, and rode out to Moab.
God must have a playful sense of humor. Look at how He gets Balaam's attention. He sends an angel to stop Balaam from going to Moab. Balaam can't see the angel, but his burrow does. Three times, the burrow saves Balaam's life, while Balaam curses the burrow for doing so.
God certainly works in mysterious ways!
God opened the burrow's mouth, and converses with Balaam. Then, God opened Balaam's eyes to see the angel in the pathway, ahead of him, with his sword drawn, ready to strike him dead.
God informed Balaam, that in no uncertain terms was he to curse the Hebrew children.
Several lessons leap out at you.
1) Not all famous prophets are on the up-and-up! Some are down-right greedy!
2) God sends angels to do His work on the earth.
3) And God can use unconventional ways to speak to our hearts, even a talking donkey.
4) No one can curse those whom God blesses!
Today, know that God has a plan for you, and that He will direct you in whatever way suits Him best.
And know, also, that God can be playful, and humorous, in His interactions with people.
From my heart to your heart.