“He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.” In other words, if you’re looking for trouble, it will find you!
Numbers 23 & 24
If you’re looking for trouble … it will find you!
Trouble Will Find You
“He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.”
The New Living Translation says it this way, “If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!” In other words, if you’re looking for trouble, watch out! It will find you!
We’ve probably all known people who just seem to go looking for trouble. It’s easy to get focused on them and be a little smug about the fact that we’re better than that. But do we seek evil in more subtle ways without realizing it?
Have you ever maliciously thought, “what goes around comes around”? Ever taken some secret delight in seeing someone fail? It may seem relatively harmless, but is it? Is it pleasing to God? Is it seeking good or searching for evil?
And what about playing with evil in your mind? “It’s only a thought … a fantasy. I wouldn’t do anything about it!” Proverbs 4.23 in the New Century Version says:
“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”
What about seeking good? Do you look for the good in others? Do you look for the good in your circumstances?
Do you look for opportunities to do good? When was the last time you let someone slip in front of you in traffic or showed kindness to a befuddled or even incompetent waitress?
And what about eternal things? When was the last time you went out of your way to share the gospel, picked someone up for church, or quietly met a need?
Let’s pray for God’s help to be earnest seekers of good.
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After all … He uses us!
I guess the story of Balaam is one of the stranger stories in the Bible. First, his donkey talks. Then God speaks to a pagan king through a false prophet (2 Pet. 2.15-16; Jude 11). The bottom line is that God is God and He can and will use whatever and whomever He chooses. We shouldn’t be surprised; after all, He uses us!
He Delights In & Watches Over His Children
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy.”
God is omniscient; He knows everything and sees everything! But His eye is on those who fear, worship and reverence Him, in a special way. He places His special favor on them, and delights in and watches over them as only He can!
Do Not Be Troubled
In this passage Jesus was talking about the signs of the end times. One thing He mentioned was, “when you hear of wars and rumors of wars.”
We live in a day of uncertainty. Will there be another terrorist attack on our soil? Will groups like ISIS continue to grow and threaten those who don’t agree with therm? Could some rogue nation or terrorist group get a nuclear bomb?
But notice the phrase following, “Do not be troubled.” We may not know the future, but we know the One who does. Remember, His eye is on those who fear Him! And He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13.5).
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