Even if someone wrote out a cheque for $1 million I would never accept it.
Reference: v.18 But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Some people may say that everyone has their price, yet I would say there are some things in life that are priceless. I have a set of sapphire earrings that are retailed at just over $100. Someone who truly adores them might offer me anywhere up to $500 for them. However, even if someone wrote out a cheque for $1 million I would never accept it. Why? Because these earrings have a special meaning to me. They were the last thing my father ever bought me and I will always remember him when I look at them. That is the meaning of priceless – when the emotional value outweighs the monetary value.
Application: When Balaam told King Balak that he could not be paid to do something beyond God’s command, he was showing that his faith was priceless. To obey God meant more to him than any appealing amount of gold or silver. If we are to consider our faith to be important then we need to place it as a higher priority than anything else in our life. It’s not something we hold onto until a better option comes along. To have a relationship with God is to be our top priority, our most valued possession.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I waver in my faith when something better comes along. May I continually place my faith at the highest level of importance. Amen.
What is priceless in your life?
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.