The Marvelous Fruit Of Frustration

Wheedle means: coax, persuade, entice, or lure. In Numbers 22 and 23 Balak is a picture of our flesh. He was wheedling when he tried to convince Balaam against what God had said. Our flesh wheedles when we present an argument or our alternatives to the Lord. If we have a ‘but’ when God calls us to do something, that is an example of how our flesh wheedles.

Heart obedience is a joyful response because we want to please the Lord. However satan will cause the lies that he has hidden to prevent our obedience. Let’s go back to Eve and the serpent. Genesis 3:1 says, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” He asked her what God had said. When she told him, he cast doubt, then contradicted God’s words. Verse 4 says, “…you will not surely die.” All of satan’s lies contradict God. They oppose His way.

When Balaam disobeyed the Lord, He opposed him. He opened his donkey’s mouth. Can you imagine it? Then He used impossible situations to block his fleshly driven ways. When He opened Balaam’s eyes, he understood what had been happening to block him. Who or what has the Lord been using to oppose your fleshly ways? He is very creative. For Balaam He used a talking donkey, narrow places, and walls he couldn’t get around.

The next time you feel frustrated, you might ask: what way am I going that is contrary to Your way? Balaam didn’t know why his way was blocked until the Lord opened his eyes. Ephesians 1:18 was part of Paul’s prayer for the folks in the church in Ephesus. It says, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling…”

Joy is a high watermark of an authentic follower of Jesus. Our heart-joy keeps us sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Acts 16 is a great example for us. Paul and his team sought to go preach the gospel in Asia. Verse 1 says, :…they were forbidden  by the Holy Spirit…” In verse 2 they sought to go into Bithynia. It says, “…but the Spirit did not permit them.” 

I need to visit 1 Thessalonians 5:24 often. It says, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” Our flesh always opposes God’s way which is narrow. Our flesh does not like to be hemmed in. It gets frustrated easily when its way is blocked. Yet there is marvelous fruit from God frustrating our way. When we yield, He will cause us to course correct. Acts 16:10 revealed to Paul and his team where the Lord wanted them to go. 

They went to Macedonia. The fruit of that obedience was eternal. We reap the benefits of it through the book of Philippians and Thessalonians. Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”

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