Prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and apostles Peter and Paul, encountered opposition when preaching God’s word. By submitting to God’s call, and equally submissive to the rejection, persecution or imprisonment endemic to their preaching, they had the satisfaction of sharing with God in his work.
Consider the far greater cost to three men who fulfilled God’s will when speaking despite personal desires hostile to his purpose. The heathen diviner Balaam comes to mind. Numbers
22-24 has the account. As Egyptians came to dread a numerically-fecund enslaved Israel, Moab dreaded an Israelite army bivouacked on the Plains of Moab.
Undefeated in every conflict east of the Jordan, north from the Dead Sea to Bashan, northeast of Lake Galilee, King Balak saw no way to overcome it militarily. Knowing of Balaam’s reputation as a diviner, he hired him to put a curse on Israel.
Long story short, in four Oracles God instead filled Balaam’s mouth with blessings on Israel. Proving, first, when Satan challenges God’s predictive will, any attack on God’s people becomes support for them. Proving, second, however, while God wouldn’t let Israel be cursed by Satan, Israel allowed itself to be seduced into immorality by Balaam’s suggestion to Balak, Numbers 25. Satan cannot defeat Christians if we remain faithful to God. He can seduce Christians into spiritual neutrality or hostility to God by compromising Biblical standards—the curse of 21st century preaching. End Part II