If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go against the LORD’s command, to do anything good or bad of my own will? I will say whatever the LORD says. – Numbers 24:13


Have you ever heard of someone doing an “work-around?” Ever tried it yourself?

If you have, then you understand it is the act of using means outside the norm (avoiding rules and boundaries) to accomplish a personal goal or objective. A great example of such an work-around involves the story of Balaam. God hindered Balaam from cursing the Israelites (as the pagan king of Moab desired), but in order to get his hands on the king’s treasury, Balaam found another way to accomplish the task. He simply instructed Balak to utilize the Moabite women to entice the Israelite men into idolatry (Rev. 2:14) … and the plan worked.

We must resist the temptation to accomplish personal goals in spite of God’s clear opposition. Such “work-around’s” only lead to disastrous results for us or others. An Almighty “No” should always be enough and it will keep us from all kinds of evil actions and consequences.

You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. – Jesus (Revelation 2:14)

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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