Monday, February 1, 2016

Don't Doubt Me

Don't Doubt Me 

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19

King Balak requested the prophet Balaam to come to him and curse the invading Israelites. After he met with God, Balaam informed the king that God would not allow him to come and proclaim any harm on His people Israel.

"Then Balak again sent leaders, more numerous and more distinguished" to bribe the prophet with riches to get him to return to God and ask for judgment on his enemies. Balaam doubted God and caved, and he went to God a second time to see if God would change His mind – repent. He doubted God and His word.

The first time Balaam listened to the Lord and obeyed – not going to Balak. The second time, when tempted to compromise, he questioned God's initial command and doubted. Balaam confessed his sin of unbelief to God and told the king, "Behold, I have received a command to bless; when He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it" (23:20). Balaam was learning that when God said He was going to do something, you could always count on Him to do it! How do you respond when you hear from God?

Learn from Balaam's example and don't doubt God when He speaks to you through His Word, even when you are pressured by people. Be quick to confess your unbelief to God when you doubt, and ask Him to strengthen your faith. All of us have lied at one point in time, but God has never lied. Everything He says He will do He does. Don't doubt Him!

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