This chapter begins by explaining how Balaam realised how the LORD intended to bless Israel, so he did not try to use his sorcery as he usually did, but he looked toward the wilderness and saw the tribes encamped in formation and the spirit of the LORD came on him. He then declares,”Blessed is everyone who blesses you, O Israel, and cursed is everyone who curses you.” With this being said, Balak flies into a rage, smites his hands together and said unto Balaam, “I called thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou has altogether blessed them these three times. It is remarkable thing that God gave this vision to a covetous Gentile soothsayer instead of a dedicated Jewish prophet. But God is sovereign in all His ways and His ways are higher than our ways. No man can stop God’s sovereign purposes. The nation of Israel was about to enter the land of plenty to learn about their omnipotent protector even in experience of trouble unknown to them. It is clear that the enemies of the chosen people departed in dishonour without accomplishing their purpose, since God put them to confusion.
We can be sure that any difficulties we may face in this life are only part of God’s will for us.
Written by Surendra Sahu, India.