Friday, 5th July 2024: To know and speak the truth without obeying it will cost you in the long run!

Scripture Reading: Num 31:8
And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword

Reflections: Balaam, a diviner, was one of the prominent figures of Midian who was killed by the Israelite army during their campaign against the Midianites. The life and downfall of Balaam serve as a valuable lesson. He represented those who know and speak the truth but fail to follow it. Balaam, the king of Midian, hired Balaam to curse Israel. However, God intervened and told Balaam that it was impossible to curse Israel due to the divine blessings they received. Despite sharing this truth with Balaak, Balaam proceeded to curse Israel three times, but his attempts were unsuccessful (Numbers 22 & 23). Balaam’s disobedience no doubt made him a target for divine judgment and consequently led to his untimely death at the hands of the soldiers of Israel. Similarly, understanding and speaking the truth but failing to follow it can have severe consequences and may even result in divine judgment. Remain obedient to the principles of truth by communicating it with your actions and not just by word of mouth.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to live in response to the truth

Confession: l communicate the truth with my actions and not just by mouth.