A long, long time ago in a land far, far away God used an unusual method to get His point across. In Numbers 22-24 a King of Moab was distressed by the Israelites coming into the land fearing that they would over run him and take over, doing to him what they did to the Amorites. So he summoned the prophet Balaam to come and curse the Israelites. Balaam turned him down until he was offered a handsome reward. On the way Balaam was probably preoccupied with his reward but his donkey wasn’t. The donkey kept seeing the roadblocks and stopping, but Balaam, blinded by his greed, didn’t see so he kept beating the donkey. Finally, God put words in the donkey’s mouth which then caused Balaam to get back to reality and see the angel with the sword blocking the way. He then went on to do God’s will to bless, not curse, Israel.
How many times do we have this problem? You’re working “God’s will” trying to push forward, but things keep getting in the way. Things keep blocking the way that don’t make sense or keep detracting the mission. You keep thinking, “if only I can get past this” or “what gives, if only this weren’t in the way I could, I would, I will….”. You plead the case of the persistent widow and the judge (Luke 18″1-7) and things still don’t change. So you keep peddling in the same direction because God is teaching you patience and long-suffering, you think. When you reach this point do you take an honest look at the end result you want? Is it YOUR end result? Are the blessings for YOU? Have you put aside confirmations to the contrary blinding yourself because you’re focused on the end result?
Project orientation teaches you to stay focused, to keep the end in sight. Avoid distractions and, if needed, deal harshly with those that get in your way. When I ran cross-country I was trained to find a tree or landmark to focus on and keep running a straight line, stay the course. When I was in politics there was a tendency to compromise ethics because, of course, winning was the ultimate goal. This is all fine and good, in a secular sense, when doing projects. But what of when we are doing God’s work, or following God’s plan for our lives?
God’s plan for our lives always appears to be in development. Our job is serve and obey, and the two work together. God’s plan is not necessarily a straight line to the finish, due to either His work, or us getting in the way. The Israelites probably could have walked straight to the promised land, but they got in the way of themselves and had to walk around the same problem for 40 years. Sometimes God’s plan has a lot of stops along the way by His will for your development, learning His steps along the way. Careful, faithful scrutiny is needed to determine the difference between our will and God’s will.
If you’re finding yourself running into frequent road blocks, or constantly having to steer yourself back on course, take a good look at where you’re going. Is this where God wants you to be, or to be headed? Is this God’s will or your will? Is the end result going to be a closer walk or a further away, distracted walk? Is the end result your own self promotion? God doesn’t want you to have a dark, funless life, but He does want that fun to be His fun. So are you walking in HIS will? Prayerfully seek Him out. You don’t want a donkey talking to you…