Numbers 22:23-31

Monday, August 6, 2018

Eye-Opening Experience

Humility: Power over Pride

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 face down. Numbers 22:31

Have you ever awakened in the early morning hours and not immediately recognized where you were? Perhaps you were traveling somewhere and when you went to bed at night in unfamiliar surroundings, things looked different in the light of day when you awoke. As a result, it created momentary confusion until an examination of your surroundings helped you recognize your current environment. Have you ever stared at something in the darkness and thought it was one thing until you turned on the light and recognized it was something completely different? Have you ever been fascinated with how an object in the distance becomes more clear the closer you get or the more it is magnified? These episodes could be considered eye-opening experiences.

By definition, an "eye-opening" experience is something that causes a strong emotional reaction because of an unexpected new perspective. It is usually surprising because it is unannounced, unanticipated, unexpected, and/or unforeseen. Balaam not only had an "eye-opening" experience, he had an "ear-opening" one as well. His trusted donkey acted in an uncharacteristic manner to protect him from an unforeseen danger. When Balaam reacted harshly and inappropriately, the donkey unexpectedly spoke in his own defense. God added a visual surprise to the equation when he opened Balaam's eyes to the armed angel in the middle of the road.

Much like Balaam, pride can blind us to the spiritual realities of life. Sometimes it is the simple things God uses to open our eyes to the spiritual issues at hand unclouded by the darkness of our own arrogance and sense of self-sufficiency.