Summary: As Balaam prepared to launch a major spiritual attack against the Israelites, they had no idea they were in grave danger. Yet God saved them; He worked behind the scenes even when they were not aware of it. God's still at work today!
BEHIND THE SCENES
“Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. So he put them in confinement” Genesis 40:1-3.
There was a dispute going on in Pharaoh’s palace. The cupbearer was in charge of tasting the king’s wine to make sure it wasn’t poisoned while the baker was in charge of the king’s food. Now the two men did something to infuriate the king, so he threw them into prison. They ended up in the same place where Joseph was. You think its coincidence? Not exactly because there are no coincidences in the plans of God. He had been working behind the scenes, in the lives of these men Joseph had never met, to bring them together in the same place, so that Joseph could interpret their dreams. And it was this gift of interpreting dreams that took Joseph from the prison to the palace. The ugly situations of his life were used to display the power of God.
Friend, it may appear that nothing is happening in your difficult situation right now, but God's working behind the scenes, directing people and events to align with your purpose. If He has been at work behind the scenes in the past, with people like Joseph, we can trust Him to be at work in our lives as well, even if it is not always so obvious. Perhaps God is still working, in the lives of people you've never met, in a place you've never been, in order to accomplish His plan and purpose for you and for them. Even when you don’t feel like God is around, He has been deeply involved in your life since you were conceived in your mother's womb. Ps. 139:13-14. Yes, there are more than six billions people in the world today but God knows you personally. He created you uniquely; there is none else like you. You're not a statistic; your birth was not a mistake. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He knows all about you. You're created for a purpose. The events in your life, good and bad, God has used as opportunities to bring you to your purpose. Everything you go through has a reason.
"Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Please take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.” 1 Samuel 9:3.
In the ancient times, donkeys were often used for commerce and transportation. They were so important to Saul's father that when some wandered away he sent Saul and a servant to find and bring them back. They went from place to place, unable to find the donkeys. Finally, Saul decide they should go back home. But the servant advised they go see a man of God first. 1 Samuel 9:6. When they arrived, they met Samuel who told them that the donkeys were safe and he would also tell Saul the next morning all that was in his heart. Samuel then informed Saul of his new calling to be the first King of Israel. You still think its a coincidence? Can you see the events God used to usher Saul to the throne? The lost donkeys became the instrument used to change his life.
What have you lost today? Are you experiencing a financial, business, ministerial or career loss? You have called out to God, and you feel that your prayers are unheard and unanswered. You feel abandoned, alone, and rejected by the very God who promised He would never leave or forsake you. But be of good cheer! Don't give up hope; its not over! God's still working behind the scenes. His ways are not our ways! No matter how ugly your situations are, God still has a plan.
"2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel. 4 So Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. 5 Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying: “Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me! 6 Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.” Numbers 22:2-6.