The Word of God is a wonderful thing, y’all. And thank goodness we have a whole Bible full of God’s word to help us understand and overcome situations that may arise as we journey through life. And sometimes (okay, all the time), the Word of God is confirmation to something we already know to be true.
If you’ve been reading my blog since the start, you’ll know that following God’s calling for your life is something that has been on my heart lately– mostly because I ran from the call of blogging for quite some time. You can check out the post about that here. But, it’s also been on my heart lately, because following what the Lord has called me to do is one of the most important ways to spread the light and show others a path out of the darkness. Actually, when you do decide to follow the call, whether you realize it or not, you’re setting a blaze and, believe me, it does not go unnoticed.
Friend, I guarantee what you’ve been called to do is somewhat different than what I’ve been lead to do. (But, maybe it’s not. Maybe you’re a fellow blogger, too?) And yes, you may have more than one thing God is asking you to do. Personally speaking, I absolutely feel there is more than one thing the Lord has called me to do to help add to the Kingdom. Blogging is just one of them. (And no, this isn’t a “look at me post”, I promise.)
In the last little while, I’ve been spending some time reading Numbers. Honesty hour: I don’t spend nearly as enough time in the Old Testament as I should. There are so many encouraging stories of faith and boldness in the Old Testament. And also warnings that we need to be aware of, especially in this day and time. So, spending more time in the Old Testament has got to be added to the planner. Anyone want to join in and keep me motivated? I’m serious. Email me, if you’re interested.
If you’re a Bible reader, the story of Balaam is pretty familiar. Maybe you’ve heard of Balaam’s talking donkey? Balak, the king of the Moabites, was more than a little afraid of the Children of Israel. Balak realized that the Children of Israel were a powerful and blessed people and Balak wanted nothing more than to see the Children of Israel weaken and fail. So, he called for Balaam, knowing that if Balaam cursed the Children of Israel, they would, indeed, fall.
Balaam, though, knew he could only do what God had asked of him. And as the rest of the story goes, Balaam told Balak multiple times about the Hebrew covenant and prophesied the death of the pagan kings. And nope, the Children of Israel were not cursed, but blessed.
Friend, as I was reading through Numbers 22 last night, a particular scripture stood out to me. Numbers 22:18 says “And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me a house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.”
I’m betting you know what stuck out, right?
I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.
And now you realize why I was talking about callings in the beginning of the post, right?
Friend, the work that the Lord has asked you to do, well, it’s important work that only you can do. And you must stand steadfast in your calling and your faith, even when you are tempted to lay down your calling and pick up something the world is offering you.
Whatever the world is offering, friend, it’s not worth it. As a Christian and a Child of God, you have such a responsibility to show others the way and light the path to Calvary. If the Lord is telling you to do something, do it and don’t doubt His plan. Obey what the Lord is telling you and do not go beyond the word of God, to do less or more.
Do what He has asked of you and watch the blessings flow. The blessings, friend, will be worth so, so much more than a house full of silver and gold. I guarantee it. And, even if one soul is saved from an eternity in Hell, it’ll be worth it all.