While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them. Numbers 25:1‭-‬3 NIV

Nothing grieves the heart of our God than to see His children shift away from Him and gravitate toward worldly temptations. When we drift from following the path of righteousness into worldly practices and begin to indulge ourselves in worldly pleasures, our God is deeply offended and He will not sit idly by and tolerate our backsliding.

It is very unfortunate to hear of the Lord’s indignation on His people whom He had jealously defended, protected and delivered from the plots of their enemy who had planned to truncate God’s purpose for their lives. Usually, sin comes with terrible consequences. It removes God’s protective power, reverses God’s blessing into a curse, and turns God’s approval to rejection and His pleasure into fierce anger.

As a child of God, you must never be caught off guard at any time and everywhere. The Devil, our adversary is always restless and doesn’t give up nor concede to you so easily. He desires to have you at all cost, sift you like wheat and render you unfruitful, unfulfilled and defeated in life. This is why the Lord warned us to always be vigilant, sober and prayerful to escape the traps that he secretly sets for us.

It is striking that the feat Balak could not achieve with all his struggles and efforts for days became a possibility in just one day when God’s people yielded to the inordinate desires of their uncircumcised hearts through the doctrine of Balaam (Numbers 31:16; Rev.2;14).

As you set out this new week, I pray for you that the LORD God will help to keep your heart to remain pure by the sanctifying power of God’s word which you have committed yourself to hear, read, study, meditate on, memorize and obey always no matter the cost. The Lord will give grace and courage to discern the error of Balaam, resist his doctrine and refuse to walk in his way in Jesus’ name. Good morning and do have a triumphant week.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola