Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.


Have you ever wanted something so badly that your perception of the situation became distorted? We can force situations so much that we lose perspective.
The Israelites were defeating all their enemies in the Promised Land. Balak, the king of Moab, feared that his people would be defeated by the Israelites. Balaam was a prophet of the Lord whom Balak knew had the power to bless or curse a nation. So he sent a delegation to get Balaam to curse the nation of Israel. Balaam wanted to do this for a nice fee that would come with his cooperation. However, God was not pleased. “But God said to Balaam, ‘Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed’” (Numbers 22:12).
Despite hearing from the Lord, Balaam was not obedient. Balaam instead proceeded with his original plan. This displeased the Lord. God sent an angel to stop Balaam. Were it not for his “talking donkey” sent to warn him, the angel would have killed Balaam.
In the workplace, we can become driven to achieve. Corporate pressure drives executives to make decisions that can impact many people. We become deceived by the need to succeed at any cost in our venture.
In order to achieve godly success, we must be sensitive to those around us who can give input to the direction we may be taking. God will confirm His direction in our lives if we are willing to accept input from those around us. It can come through a spouse, a coworker, a boss, a secretary or even a donkey! Be aware of situations that encourage you to press too hard for a particular outcome.
Achieving goals should be a result of following the actions you believe God leads you to take. Let results become a fruit of your strategic and obedient actions.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.

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