That’s right! Long before Shrek and Dr. Doolittle, a donkey actually spoke to it’s owner. In the Bible, (Numbers 22:21-34) there’s this dude named Balaam and his donkey. In this particular story, God is not thrilled with the direction Balaam is heading. Now, being the merciful and loving God that He is, God sends and Angel with a BIG sword to block his path. Apparently, Balaam is so oblivious to the things of God and consumed with his own agenda at the moment that he doesn’t even notice this gift of God….but his simple little donkey does! Three times his donkey reacts to the Angel in a way that makes Balaam absolutely furious. So furious that he violently beats the animal each time. Its a good thing he didn’t see the Angel and tried to beat the crap out of it!
Have you ever hit or kicked your car after it breaks down or gets a flat tire? I have, and this is the kind of setting Balaam is encountering. I would hope to notice an Angel standing in the middle of the highway before my car starts chatting with me. God, may I never become so dense and self-centered that I can’t notice your hand directing my steps.
All of us are faced with these moments from time to time in our journey with God. Sometimes we CAN’T notice God’s warning signs when we are heading somewhere we shouldn’t. Other times, we simply WON’T! We know we’re heading in a direction opposite the direction of Jesus, yet we continue…much like Jonah.
So, do you know if your life direction is pleasing God today? If your answer is ‘No’ or ‘I don’t know’….begin looking for signs to direct you. Spend time in prayer and in the Word. Ask those believers around you who know well. God will probably not use a talking Donkey or a blinding, majestic Angel. Though often much more subtle, He DOES speak crystal clear to us when we are intently listening for His voice.
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