You only notice the importance of the small print once something goes wrong.
Reference: v.11 Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but you have done nothing but bless them!” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Have you ever signed a contract and not read the small print? You only notice the importance of the small print once something goes wrong. Then it doesn’t matter how logical your argument may be, nothing can refute what’s in the small print.
Application: It seems that King Balak forgot to read the small print in Numbers 23. He asked Balaam to curse the Israelites and was anticipating that he would be obedient. However, Balaam only agreed to do it if God gave him permission. When things did not go according to the king’s plans he was not happy about the small print of Balaam obeying God. Clearly it seemed insignificant to begin with, or maybe the king thought he had the power to make things go his way, but true to his word Balaam stayed obedient to God.
There are times in my life when, if I was truly honest, I think I deserve a greater blessing from God than others. However, in His small print God says that He loves us all the same. I can refute it all I like, but it’s right there in the small print: For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His only son… God’s small print isn’t there to trip me up, but to show me how much He loves all people and how my life is so much better with Him in it.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I don’t want to read the fine print and I just want to make everything go my own selfish way. Forgive me when I put myself first, and help me to put Your ways before my own. Amen.
What part of God’s small print do you like to skim over?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.