Maybe you experienced a spiritual high or you're fresh off of a new decision, a new commitment. But you're realizing that you have to drive out the nations occupying your land.
The Ten Commandments seem like the beginner's level of being a Christian. But as I reread them, I was surprised by how many of the commandments conflict with things I really like to do.
Jealousy and I go way back. But what if you didn't have to be? Jealous, I mean? Of anyone?
We think and talk and act like we have been doing life on our own. We feel self-sufficient. We talk about what we've gotten through, how we've gotten stronger, how we've discovered ourselves. But that kind of attitude leads to defeat.
You know that scene in every teen movie where the main character is wearing something very special, like her grandmother's necklace, but then she goes to a party and loses it? Why do we do the exact same thing?
What if your significant other falls out of love with you? What if your friends get tired of you? I wonder if God ever asks those questions about us.
He'd move mountains for us, stay up all night talking to us, pour out blessings so that we won't have room for them. How can we resist that? How do we give that energy right on back to Him?
Love isn't something you trip and fall into. Love isn't a collection of butterflies or heady emotions. Love is...well, love is...
Maybe we have a generic idea of what it looks like to be a Christian. Go to church every week. Buy a highlighter and use it in your Bible. Volunteer at a soup kitchen? But what if God wanted to do a new thing in your faith walk?
The monologue Balaam goes on in Numbers 24 is sweeping, poetic, fantastic - practically mythological. Hey, they do always say that the Bible is a book of fairy tales!