And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. —Numbers 22:32

He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. —Psalm 47:3

            Who is really in control?  Can you determine how many more breaths you will take before you die?  Do you know what is even going to happen today?  Tomorrow? Next week?  Next month?  Next year?  No, “you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:15).  Yes, there is human responsibility in making decisions, but God is taking all the knots of our decisions and is weaving them into the beautiful quilt of His plans and purposes.  From our side we only understand the knots of individual choices we or a nation makes.  But from God’s perspective He sees the beautiful result of what He is doing.

            God will oppose those He desires to oppose, whether individuals or nations.  He will use nations to subdue other nations He desires to subdue.  We look at our world and it looks like a knotty mess… and it is from man’s perspective!  But God is working in and through this knotty mess of a world to bring about His perfect quilting plan.  We cannot understand it fully now because “now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (I Corinthians 13:12).

            Balaam did not understand why his donkey was refusing to go forward.  He could not see what the donkey could see… until the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey to speak and opened the eyes of Balaam to see.  One day our vision will be clear and we will understand what we do not understand now… and there is so much we do not understand.  We have so many questions, but many of the answers to those questions will have to wait.  In the meantime we are to trust God for those things we do not understand.  Will we do that?  Will you do that?  We will if we truly believe His Word and that He always does what is right in this sinful fallen world.  Man is the one who does what is wrong as he is captive to Satan’s will (II Timothy 2:26).  Only those who know Jesus are set free from Satan (John 8:31-32).  God never does wrong.  If we do not truly believe this about God, then we will have doubts and disbelief.

Thank You Dear Father that I can fully trust You and may I live that way in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.    

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