Fill in the blanks. How many times in your life do you say to yourself "God can't use me because I'm not _____________ enough, I'm too _________________, I've done too many _______________".? Do you realize that God can use anyone for His glory? Remember Balaam from yesterday's post? God used Balaam, a pagan prophet who was hired by Balak, to share with Balak the blessings that He intended for Israel.
Continuing on from yesterday, Balaam had just seen God speak through his donkey. Now, doesn't that beat all? People, if God can use a donkey for His work, He can certainly use us!! After hearing the donkey speak, God opened Balaam's eyes (Nu 22:31) and effectively made Balaam understand that God and God alone would give him the words to speak to Balak.
Fast forward now to the 7 prophecies Balaam gave to Balak in Numbers 23 - 24. Remember now that Balak had paid Balaam to contact the gods and curse Israel. After all, that was what Balaam was known for in all the land. However, Balaam did nothing of the sort this time as he allowed God to speak through him 7 different times, all of which were blessings rather than curses on the nation of Israel. After Balak realized he wasn't getting what he wanted he sent Balaam on his way without paying him (24:11).
Although a little weird, God uses this passage to tell us that He can use anyone to do His work. Balak apparently needed a true word from God rather than the lies that he wanted to hear about Israel, and Balaam was the man of the hour. Remember that our new testament apostle Paul was also used mightily by God in spite of his past. My questions then of both you, dear readers, and myself are these:
1) What is really holding us back from doing God's work here on earth?
2) Are we using an excuse of past sins or failures to not attempt great things for God in the here and now?
Remember, God used a donkey to accomplish something for His kingdom, He can certainly use us. As our Apostle Paul says about his past:
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. (1 Timothy 1:12-13 NKJV)
God used a sinner such as Paul to change the world. He can and will use us as well. Count on it.