“When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.”
– Numbers 22:23,25
In the story of Balaam, it’s interesting that every time the donkey moved out of the way of the sword-bearing angel, his master beat him. Though his reason for doing so was clearly revealed in Scripture as being pride and ego, it seems strange that Balaam would mistreat the one who had done nothing but offer him transportation and companionship. Why was the animal’s off nominal behavior in this instance not heeded? There may be many reasons, but we know that it really bothered God, even to the point of giving the donkey a voice with which to confront his master. Unfortunately, that strange occurrence didn’t seem to phase Balaam, and it took a direct encounter with the angel to get his actions in check!
When we talk about going easy on people, it’s fair to assume that it may be more natural for some of us to do that with strangers than with those we’re close to. This is especially true if we’ve endured any manner of abuse or mistreatment at the hand of someone who was supposed to support and love us. While we should never allow such wrongs to continue without setting boundaries and enforcing consequences, we shouldn’t make generalizations in close relationships. In other words, we don’t want to presume that everyone we draw near to is going to harm us in the same way that person did. And we shouldn’t let our egos get in the way of forgiveness and reconciliation, especially if there is a pattern of improved behavior.
Friend, don’t beat the donkeys in your life. Even if you’ve endured mistreatment from someone you’re close to, don’t allow it to affect your behavior towards the ones who simply want to help. As difficult as it can be, keep an open heart with those who convey truth and don’t assume their words are intended to harm or manipulate you. Let actions speak for themselves and go easy on others so that grace and mercy can prevail in your life!
Jesus, set my heart free from the effects of distrust and help me to embrace a close relationship with others.
Do you tend to beat the donkeys in your life? Do you know why?
WOULD YOU PLEASE PRAY FOR MY HUSBAND WHO IS GOING THU A LOT OF A LOT OF THINGS RIGHT NOW.
PLEAS E, PRAY FOR MY ALSO AS I AM GOING THRU A LOT CHALLENGES , HERE IN CANADA, NEWFOUNDLAND. I HAVE ONE FAVORITIVE CD BY THE HOME COMING GROUP. IT HELPS ME TO DESTRESS FROM THE DAY!
Hi Sandra! Yes, we are praying for you and asking for Jesus’ love and favor to be poured out on your situation and in the lives of you and your husband. Jesus has gone before you through the valley and He is making a way for you both. We are standing with you, today and always. God loves you and so do we!