Resisting Your Rescue
Posted: Wednesday, March 15
Verse of the day:
Then the Lord gave the donkey the ability to speak. “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam. (Numbers 22:28 NLT)
Reach. Throw. Row. Go. It's the motto I learned in lifeguard training. You reach from the shore, throw a flotation device, or row to the rescue all before considering a water rescue. Why? Because people that need to be rescued are dangerous. A well-executed water rescue involves approaching from behind and locking around the neck and underarm. The goal is to disable the victim so they cannot resist. Far too often a victim can bring down a rescuer and one death turns into two.
Herein is the question of Balaam. Why do we resist rescue? When God is working all things together for our good, why do we drag our feet? Why do we complain? Why do we run in the opposite direction?
In verse 32, the angel of the LORD says, “Look, I have come to block your way because you are stubbornly resisting me." In verse 34, Balaam confesses, "I have sinned." So what was Balaam's sin? It was his stubbornness. Balaam was a drowning victim attacking his rescuer.
Ask yourself this question. Who has God sent to your rescue? Think of them by name. Every one of us has habits and tendencies that can lead to destruction. In God's loving kindness, He has placed rescuers in our path. DON'T DROWN YOUR RESCUER. Repent of your stubbornness. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Help is on the way.