9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Today’s Inspiration: Jeremiah is right when he recorded that men’s heart are deceitful above all things. Jeremiah 17:9. Balaam appears obedient when he told Balak the King of Aram that he must do what God has commanded him to do regarding Israel. Numbers 23:8 he muttered, ‘How shall I curse whom God had not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced.’ v20 He said Behold I have received a command to bless; He has blessed it. I cannot reverse it.’ We must be wondering why a non believer like Balaam is so fearful of the Lord that he dare not go against God’s command. This is a message that even non believers reverence the Lord. But if you read Revelation 2:14 you will see that what you see on the outside of a man is not so on the inside and as God’s children, we had better be discerning.
Though Balaam did not curse Israel, the wealth offered by Balak overtook his obedience to the Lord. Balaam told Balak how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them into sexual immorality and partake of goods sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent deadly plaques to Israel. Numbers 31:16. He knew that God’s blessing of Israel is conditional of obedience. Leviticus 18:1-5 requires them to keep their statues and regulations.
Balaam knew that God’s heart is unchangeable but His statues are conditional and the Israelites’ hearts are prone to wander. He used Israel’s weakness (stiff-necked) and God’s strength against Israel for Balak and the Moabites.
Man looks at the outside of a person but God looks on the inside. 1 Samuel 16:7. Like Jeremiah wrote, the heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it? Only the Lord knows the heart and reward them according to the fruit of their doing. Jeremiah 17:10.
When we serve the Lord, we serve whole-heartedly and not compromise. God is against those who caused His children to stumble and compromise by sacrificing to idols and to commit to sexual adultery. Today the church is compromising and we needed to take heed not to adhere to this practice and not to stumble others which is a far greater offence. Both the enticer and those who instigate are judged equally.
So let us trust the Lord with all our heart rather than on men. Proverbs 3:5. Let us not compromise the message of the Lord. God be praised!