Divine Intervention

Numbers 22:34 “…I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me…” (NIV)*

English: Path in the woods

English: Path in the woods (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The angel of the Lord stood in the road, but only the donkey saw Him. The donkey veered off path, pressed against the wall and lay down under Balaam to avoid the angel. The donkey saved Balaam’s life by dodging the angel’s drawn sword. Each time Balaam beat her. He was stubborn as a…donkey.

Unaware something divine was happening, Balaam insisted the donkey keep going. What if he stopped and considered the delays? Trusted the donkey’s instincts?

When the donkey stalls, it could be divine intervention. The donkey’s actions were not her habit. The out-of-the-ordinary could have been a clue. The acceptance letter doesn’t come, the car breaks down, counsel leans the other way…..could all mean no. A road block could be the very thing that saves your life.

There may be a reason things aren’t going our way and we just don’t see it. Stop “beating the donkey” and look around. The Lord may be standing in the path.

Maybe not, could just be life. But step back and ask…Is this you, Lord? Are you trying to tell me something? And pray He opens your eyes.

Numbers 22:31 “Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” (NIV)*


Read the full account of Balaam in Numbers 22-24. Though confusing, there are lessons to glean from this story.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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