Choosing the Wages of Unrighteousness
2 Peter 2:15-16

The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2016, Max D. Hutto,

“Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.” 2 Peter 2:15-16 NASB

Peter uses the curious Old Testament story of Balaam to illustrate his point. Balaam’s love for money and fame enticed him to disobey God by attempting to speak against God’s people. In an amusing way God used a donkey to challenge and rebuke his rebellious madness. Many false prophets, false teachers, non-believers, and even believers are motivated to disobey God’s commands by their desire for fame and fortune.

Lord Jesus, the pull of this world’s ways are great, yet my desire is to wholly follow You. Help me to pursue what is right by being obedient to Your Word.


  October 14, 2016

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