Balaam was a prophet and he was known to have the gift of blessing and cursing (Numb 22:6). When Balak sends the leaders to meet with Balaam the first time, Balak was certain about his decision that he could only do what God said to do. But when the second set of leaders come with a message stating that he will promote Balaam with great honor and will do whatever he asks, Balaam refuses stating that not even a house of silver and gold would make him go beyond the Word of God. But, what does he say next? He will consult with God, again, and see if He has anything else to say. God tells Balaam to go with them but to do exactly what He tells him.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (AMP)
God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
God is a God of certainty, precise, and accurate information. He’s a God of promises and He curses those who go against His children. He will not allow us to do bad and get away with it, but He’s a just God who will bless those where the honor is due.
Isaiah 13:11 (AMP)
And I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their guilt and iniquity; I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible and the boasting of the violent and ruthless.
Balaam consulted with God the first time and was given exact instructions on what to do; “do not curse Israel.” But when the leaders came back the second time and an enticing offer was added to the mix, he raised an eye brow. Even though, on the outside, he was speaking the right words, on the inside, he was thinking differently. So he says, “Let me consult God again.”
We do this in our daily life with various things:
Why do we go back to Him when He’s already responded?
In the preceding verses, we see that God was angry with Balaam. Does this make sense that God would be angry after He just finished telling him that he could go?
As Balaam was travelling towards Balak we know the story of the angel and the donkey. The donkey represents “eyes of the Spirit.” The donkey was able to see the angel before him and was trying to prevent from hitting him. He would move to the left then the right but the path was too narrow; hence, causing injury to Balaam. Balaam represents “eyes of the natural.” All he saw was a clear path in front of him although an angel standing before him was invincible to him.
As the donkey speaks to Balaam and they exchange words, the Lord allows Balaam eyes to be opened “in the Spirit” to see the angel. The angel reveals what just happened and the reason for his presence (Num 22:31-33).
Now, we understand why God was angry. We see that Balaam’s attitude was not in accordance to God’s Will. That eyebrow he raised earlier didn’t go unnoticed by God. Was he playing with the fact of maybe some honor for himself instead of honoring God? Was he becoming enticed by the riches of the world instead of the riches in Heaven?
Balaam acknowledges that he has sinned and says that he will return back home if it displeases the Lord. The angel tells him to continue on his journey, but to remember that he is to do only what God tells him to do.
When we look back at our experiences, we’ll reminisce on certain situations and clearly see how the warnings were set before us. But at the time, did we have the eyes of the “Spirit” or the “natural.” Did we adhere to the warning(s) and moved onto the right path or did we continue as we wanted to go? We can make our lives less complicated when we adhere to what God wants us to do.
I’ve made many mistakes when the Lord has spoken but I thought I had a better plan. To later realize my plan didn’t work and I was back to step 1; doing what the Lord originally instructed.
We tend to do this when we think we should have full control of our life. But, indeed, The Lord has the control and allows us to maneuver the course in life.
Proverbs 16:3 (AMP)
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.