My youngest Edward is half way through his first year at secondary school, or as they curiously say in Cardiff, High School (!?). Anyway, most days I send him a message when I am on my way home from work to see if he is ok. Yesterday the reply came back, ‘I have some good news for you when you get home.’
Balak wants God to curse his enemies (don’t we all?). He is using Balaam as a go-between. They try three different vantage points and Balak is instructed to construct seven altars and sacrifice seven bulls and seven rams on each. This is an expensive consultation. Twenty one bulls and twenty one rams. Balak is showing commitment. Unfortunately for Balak, the message that comes from God is not the one that he wants to hear. So he does what we would all do; he keeps asking in the hope that the answer might eventually be different. It’s not.
If you had a private consultation with God, what would you say to Him? Perhaps more importantly, if God have a private consultation with you, what would He say to you?
What could it be? Exciting isn’t it? Your mind begins to race with possibilities. Something good has happened in school obviously. A prize? A successful audition or trial? A skiing trip? What could it be?
Sometimes I hear about people who have visited a fortune teller or spiritualist to try to contact somebody who has died. This was big business in the Victorian era. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle was a huge exponent of it and there were huge sell-out rallies and meetings held all over the country. It has always struck me how the messages received from the ‘other side’ seem to be so illogical. If you know somebody who has died and they have a chance to contact you, what do you think they would say?
For me it is pretty obvious. They would not be trying to tell you that the key to the safe is behind the picture on the mantle piece or anything of that kind. If you think back to the victims on the il-fated aeroplanes in the 9/11 attack, they reached for their mobiles with the intention of sending one message and one message only. ‘I love you.’
If a loved one is going to contact you they will say this,’Do not be afraid. Do not worry. You are loved. Everything is going to be ok and I can guarantee that. Trust me’
When I arrived home, in my mind Edward had been awarded a special medal by the queen for services to Gretta Thunberg or something. His news was that he had achieved 14/15 in his French test. Good news indeed. Well done Ed!
You can have a private consultation with God by the way. Any time you like. You don’t even need to sacrifice any bulls or any rams. He wants you to tell Him stuff. He wants you to tell Him what is on your heart. Not so much for His benefit but for yours. If you ask Him to speak to you, He will. And I know what He will say. ‘Do not be afraid. Do not worry. You are loved. Everything is going to be ok and I can guarantee that. Trust me.’