“Open my master’s eyes, Lord”

[There once was a greedy man called Balaam. The wicked King of Moab sent for Balaam and promised him money if he would curse God’s people. God talked to Balaam and told him not to go to the King, and not to curse His people. Again the King of Moab sent Princes to call Balaam. God was angry with Balaam because Balaam’s heart was filled with greed. God let Balaam go to the King.On the way… ]

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“What wrong have I done? Why are you tormenting me like this?”, cried out the poor animal. Inspite of its repeated plea, the beast of burden received even more lashes. In bitter agony it must have cried out to the creator, “Open my master’s eyes Lord, that he may see what I see.”

 

The creator answered the poor beast’s prayer by performing two miracles. First the Lord opened its mouth to justify its refusal to move forward. “Have I ever disobeyed your commands? Even then why do you torture me thus?

 

It’s master didn’t know what to answer. The Lord then answered the donkey’s prayer in full through a second miracle. The master’s eyes were opened. Only then could he see the angel of the Lord blocking the way with a drawn sword.

“You are now alive only because of your faithful jument which refused to move. Otherwise I would’ve chopped you to pieces leaving it to escape.”

 

The prophet Balaam had set out on a journey against God’s will and purpose, riding on his donkey, in alliance with the prophets ofMoab. Instead of waiting for the mysterious ways of the Lord, he had set out, fully depending on his own strength and ability. This story is a strong warning to those who boast about their knowledge, wisdom, influence, position and wealth, to achieve anything they desire and who forget their creator in the process.

 

In the light of this story, we can submit to the Lord through the following prayers:

 

  1. Open my eyes Lord, that I may see the guardian blocking my way, when I am on the wrong path. (Numbers 22.31)
  2. Open my eyes, that I may witness the army of heaven, outnumbering my enemies, when I am almost on the verge of defeat. (2 Kings 6:17)
  3. Open my eyes that I may comprehend the miracles in thy written, unchanging word.(Psalm 119:18)
  4. Open my eyes that I may feel thy presence at the Holy Table having full communion with thee in flesh and blood. (Luke 24: 30,31)
   Amen

 


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15 responses to this post.

  1. This was an article written by my dad long ago and forgotten. Thought it would be the best way to start my blog (of course with his permission i post it here) . hope it will be relevant to those who read. God bless!

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  2. Posted by Nick on March 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Well written… Balaam was blinded by his greed and God chose a mere mare to stop him!
    Truly God works in mysterious ways….. The Lord might be using the environment and people around us to make us realize things that we might never comprehend with our limited intellect. For Balaama prophet, He used a humble donkey. What will He use to get your attention?
    Food for thought!

    Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse

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  3. Salutes to the Captain..!

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  4. Very apt to begin with, especially int his season. Looking forward to similar entries… TC!

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  5. A good event to begin the blog. Watch for the Guardian!

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  6. Posted by selah on March 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    wonderful life applications here..

    Reply

  7. Posted by annie on April 5, 2012 at 4:16 am

    yes God speaks even through an ass………..

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