“Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.”
The gold standard of compromise is Balaam. Nobody in the Scriptures had more opportunity to do right but compromised what he believed for the sake of prestige and money. The verse above shows us Balaam’s greatest mistake. The first time Balak’s servants came to ask Balaam to curse Israel, it seems as if he would never be swayed. However, Balak wasn’t sufficed with Balaam’s answer, so he sent his servants back with a bigger and better offer. When Balaam heard this offer he said, “If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.”
The mistake that Balaam made was that he hesitated at Balak’s offer. The verse above says, “Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.” Hold on! Didn’t he just tell the servants that he wouldn’t go and curse Israel? He did tell them he wouldn’t go, but he hesitated at the prospect to ask God one more time if he should go. It was his hesitation that led to his eventual compromise. Had he never hesitated and immediately sent these servants home, he would never be the gold standard of compromise.
My friend, Satan is not going to give up easily in trying to get you to move. You are going to have to realize that he will continually come back with what seems to be bigger and better offers. Satan is very patient. He simply tries to wear the Believer down to the point where they finally accept his offer to move from what they believe.
The one thing you must be careful about is that you don’t hesitate when the world offers a compromise. Satan will use your hesitation as a tool to get you to reconsider the LORD’s positional stances that you are to take. Hesitation is a weakness that identifies to Satan that you may be willing to move later in your life.
Several years ago when I was a boy, my parents came to me with an offer that someone in our church had for me. A family in our church offered to take me to an amusement park. The only problem with this offer was that they wanted to take me on Sunday which meant I would miss church. My parents sat me down and told me that they would leave the decision to me as to whether I would go the amusement park. After much deliberation in my mind, I told my parents that I wanted to go to church instead of the amusement park. My father told me that they had already made the decision that I was going to church, but they wanted to see if I would make the right decision on this matter. My father then told me something that has never left my heart or mind. He said, “Son, I’m glad you chose to go to church, but the next time you are offered to miss church you should never hesitate about what to do.” His advice to never hesitate about doing right has been a guiding factor in my life.
My friend, let me encourage you to never hesitate about doing right. Likewise, you should never hesitate to consider compromise or doing wrong. Your hesitation will one day turn into the wrong action. If you don’t want to do wrong, you are going to have to settle in your heart that doing right and refusing wrong is always your set action. If you can learn to remove the hesitation about right and wrong, you will remove a great tool that Satan uses to get many Believer’s to ruin their life.