Warning: I think that this will be a long-winded post to get to a simple point.
Background: After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the Israelites are finally getting to the Promised Land. En route to the Promised Land, they run into a couple of kings – Og, king of Bashan and Sihon, king of the Amorites. These kings one after another muster up their armies and attack the Israelites. The Israelites have no choice but to defend themselves and in the process they level these two guys.
Moving on – Next up they move on up near the Plains of Moab, which is where the Moabites live. The Moabites are actually related to the Israelites. They are the descendents of Lot. As such God tells them in the Deuteronomy that they are not to fight with them.
“9 Then the Lord said to me, “Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.” ~ Deuteronomy 2:9*
*Note: Like so with the Edomites and the Ammonites. The former are related via Esau and the latter via Lot.
When Moab sees the Israelites camped out near them, they freak out:
” and Moab was terrified … Indeed, Moab was filled with dread .. The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.'” ~ Numbers 22:3-4
Sooooeee… what does the king of Moab, Balak do?
~ He drops to his knees and prays to God, right?
~ He sends out messengers to the Israelite camp asking them for peace talks and a treaty?
~ He blesses those who persecute him?
~ He introspects to see if his fears are justified? – Maybe he is over-reacting. Maybe his imagination is going wild.
~ No. Rather he resorts to divination in order to get a seer named Balaam to place a curse on the Israelites so that he can be more effective when he engages them in battle.
And… in the meantime, the Israelites are completely unaware of anything. They are just out camping and having a lazy relaxing day. They have no idea that just a few miles away, there is this big huge drama brewing. They are in peace and oblivious that conspiracy and war are just around the corner.
Anyway, here is what I am trying to get at.
The Point: Anytime you are in a tense situation with someone else and there are gaps in communication, then the Devil will fill in the gaps. That is to say – anytime you fail to communicate, the Devil will be more than happy to communicate for you.
~ Balak and the Moabites failed to communicate with God and with the Israelites. As a result their imaginations ran wild. They speculated, conspired, exaggerated, deceived, cursed and ultimately fought. The end result was a big mess. All this could have been prevented if there was just a little communication.
So … let me restate my point: Anytime you are in a less than pleasant situation with someone else and there are gaps in communication, then the Devil will fill in those gaps.
~ Don’t let that happen.