2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Besor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.
Nothing is wrong with wanting things but we should never get to the place where we want things more than the will of God. For a moment, Balaam found himself in that position. God had told him in Numbers 22:21 to go with the men of Balak only if they came to call him. Nevertheless, Balaam rose up early in the morning and went with the men of Balak without them even calling him; that was not what God told him to do. What could have motivated Balaam to operate contrary to the will of God? He wanted the wages that he would have received for going more than the will of God. 2 Peter 2:15 confirmed this when it is said that Balaam loved the wages of unrighteousness to the extent that it caused him to “forsake the right way”or the will of God. Loving things more than God will cause us to act contrary to His will.
Wanting other things more than the will of God is not something that was unique to Balaam; if we are not careful we too could find ourselves in the same position. The only way to avoid that outcome is to make God our first love. Moses made God and the things of God his first love; that was evident in the choice he made. Because he loved the things of God more he was willing to give up the comfort of Pharaoh’s palace to fight for the cause of the Israelites. Hebrews 11:24-28 said that Moses chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. It took passion for him to do that. Always choose in favor of the will of God, even if it puts you in an uncomfortable position.
Life Application: Want God more than other things by developing a deeper desire for God and choose in favor of His will all the time.
Prayer: Lord, I will choose you first at all times. May I never put anything else above you. In Jesus’ name, amen.