This story about being tempted to compromises our integrity for financial gain, comes from Numbers Chapter 22 and 23:
Which fits right in with Matthew 6 verse 24:
“No one serves two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money”.
Money has a way of revealing what really matters to a person. It is a well known saying we all have a price. What would you do for the right price?
the Israelites moved nearer to Canaan again and set up camp. King Balak, fearful of them, twice offered a generous amount of money to Balaam a famous wise-man.
After consulting with The Lord, Balaam realized that he could not help King Balak. But the lure of money and new friends caused Balaam to think about his initial refusal. Balaam tried to find a way to do business with the king.
As a result of Balaam moving from God’s clear direction, Balaam’s own donkey was use by The Lord to force him to back off from the assignment.
Balaam lost focus on what The Lord wanted him to do. as a result his name eventually became a byword for greed and excess. 2 Peter 2 v 15:
“By abandoning the straight path, they have gone astray and have followed the path of Balaaam, the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness”.
Sometimes we may get tempted to compromise our integrity for financial gain, but we always need to consider the cost, that it will do to our relationship with Our Lord and Our Friend. Also remembering carefully the legacy of Balaam.
O F J.