Theme of the Week: The God Who Still Speaks
Bible Verse: Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
Scripture Reading: Numbers 22:21–35
I’ve always loved the story of Balaam’s donkey. One of Israel’s enemies hires Balaam to curse Israel. As Balaam travels, he comes across an angel, but can’t see it. His donkey can, though. The international expert on magic can’t see what’s obvious to a donkey!
Surprisingly, the donkey speaks. We read that God opened the mouth of the donkey (Numbers 22:28). A speaking donkey is surprising to us, but God created everything, and he can use whatever and whoever he wants.
“How often has it happened that the thief, the robber, the housebreaker, and the murderer, have been deterred from their purpose by the approach of some unexpected person, or by some suggestion of their own minds!”1 writes Charles Simeon. God can use anything to get our attention — even a donkey, if that’s what’s required.
I can remember a few times when God has used the words of others to convict me or encourage me. Scripture tells us to test their words (1 John 4:1), but there’s no doubt that God sometimes speaks to us through the words of others. If God can use a donkey, he can use the words of people around us too to shape our character and to turn us into men of impact.
1Horæ Homileticæ Volume II, Charles Simeon, page 138.
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