Jeff Noble has posted some notes from a talk at a conference he's attending. It's a reflection on the story of Balaam and his donkey. Having just read the story in our Old Testament history reading plan that Anne and I are doing together, it was good to read these reflections.
One of the tough parts of the story is that God tells Balaam to go and then stands in his way. At face value it seems rather odd, very much like an earlier story in Exodus about Moses and God's attempt to take his life.
Mark Batteson, who gave the talk, makes the following helpful observation:
Some times God gets in our way to show us his way.
I also like the alternative moral to the story, but you'll have to visit Jeff's blog to read that for yourself!