What do you do when God is standing in your way?
It seems like a simple answer…GO A DIFFERENT WAY! But, sometimes it can be a little more complicated. What if you really feel that you’re trying to do what God is asking you to do…only to discover He’s the one blocking the way? Believe it or not…it happens!
This is exactly what happened to Balaam in Numbers 22. A delegation from a powerful ruler was sent to try and entice Balaam to go and prophesy against the tribes of Israel. In verse 20 “God came to Balaam at night and said, ‘If the men have come to call you, rise up and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you shall you do.'” God clearly told Balaam to go with them.
But only two verses later (Numbers 22:22) we read, “But God was angry because he was going, and the angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as an adversary against him.” WHAT?! Why would the same God who told Balaam to go become his adversary along the way?
I have felt this way before…like I’m going along simply obeying what God is asking me to do, only to find, all the sudden, that everything is going against me. God is blocking the path He sent me down! Here’s why: God is less interested in what you’re doing (WHERE you’re going), than He is in what you’re becoming (WHY you’re going). Clearly, although Balaam was doing the thing he was supposed to do, he was about to do it for the wrong reasons. That’s why God told Him, “I have come out as an adversary because your way was contrary to me” (v.32). Balaam was on the right path for the wrong reason.
So what do you do when God is standing in your way?
You look a little deeper than just WHAT you’re doing. You ask God to help you understand WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. Ask Him to show you how your motivations need to be aligned with His. Let go of those impure motives. Re-purpose to continue on the path for the reasons that He is sending you. And you’ll quickly remember what it’s like to have God clearing the path before you instead of standing in your way!
Balaam’s impure motivation may have been the promise of riches and glory from this powerful ruler. What impure motivations has God stood against in your past? How did He correct you?