He Holds the Reins by Dawn Foster

Today’s Passage – Numbers 22 – 24 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Romans 1 – 4Proverbs 23Psalms 116 – 120)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Read the “0223 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: 33 And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. 34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. 35 And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.” (Numbers 22:31-35)

It has been an unimaginable several years. Can it get any worse? Then the next day it does. Worry, worry, and more worry. As the saying goes: “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere.” We all have unsaved friends and family members. Time after time we see it in their faces . . . fear, not having control. Do we as saved individuals always live without fear? Of course not. However, it doesn’t mean fear has to consume us. We are able to lay it down at the feet of Jesus. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). The Lord reigns in our hearts and he reigns over the world. Because of this we know He holds the reins to everything that is happening. He is in control yesterday, today, forever.

Numbers 22:22-35 is a familiar  passage of scripture. It is where the ass speaks to Balaam. Although Balaam was riding the ass and holding the physical reins, God was still reigning from above and in control. The angel of the Lord stood in the way of the ass each time Balaam tried to maneuver forward.  When we try to do what we want to do, things don’t work out too well. As we tread down the wide paths of life before us, God may deny us access to the course we have chosen. That doesn’t mean we should try to walk around the barrier to get where we want to go. There is a reason for trials, tribulations and closed doors. The Lord is trying to redirect us back to Him.  He has something better in store for us if we just hand the reins over to Him.

The Foster Family

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Gary Geiger
Gary Geiger
1 month ago

Amen, like the post, thank you!!!

Bob Fenton
Bob Fenton
1 month ago

Amen Dawn. As I woke up this morning, i open my eyes and the light was shining in my bedroom. My heart was telling me I am starting a new day with a fresh start. I will try to walk in the ways of my Lord and Savior trying to give Him my best. My Lord and Savior deserve nothing less but the best. I look for the encouragement and direction of the Holy Spirit to guide me in the way that I should go.That i will not speak no evil see no evil hear no evil.And to let His will be done in every step that I take in this day’s ending, and that the Master will say, my good and faithful servant as I lay my head to rest.like the post

Desiree Ann Jones
Desiree Ann Jones
1 month ago

As I opened my eyes this morning god was saying today is a new day to start over. I look to the holy spirit as I want to feel the encouragement and know how can I accomplish that goal by taking a new challenge everyday in life. And look to the lord. I am so glad to know bob Fenton he is truly that special person as bob understands the lord. And we walk with the lord shining everyday. Above the clouds.

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