“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?
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!
I guess there’s no doubt as to why this book is called “Numbers”! It can be hard reading some of these sections. This is one reason why it’s good to read through the Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs simultaneously, as we are, so you don’t get bogged down.
Even so, we need to remember that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3.16). All of God’s Word is written for His divine purposes and we should read it with an open heart, asking God to reveal Himself to us. Continue reading →