It is so hard not to be a pleaser of men isn’t it?
Especially if they are in a position of power, influence or the ability to reward you greatly if they can get you in their back pocket.
Balaam encountered this very struggle in Numbers 22-24.
It seems that Balak the son of the king of Moab saw the vast amount of Israelites camping on Moab’s plains. He knew what they had done to the Amorites and he was very afraid.
Who could he find to stop these people from success?
Hhhmm….he knew about some sort of prophet named Baalam.
Baalam was not a false prophet but he was a wicked one, as noted in scripture.
He was known to pronounce cursings or blessings on people and see them stick. (Numbers 22:6)
What Balack needed was a curse.
So he sent elders from Moab and Midian to take a message to Baalam.
If he would come and curse Israel, there would be great compensation for him.
Sounds good to Baalam so He brings it up to the Lord.
God responds with “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.”
Darn! Just when all that silver and stuff was sounding so good!
If you are familiar with the story, there is an angel, a talking donkey and a meeting with Balack that ensues.
Baalam ends up with blessing Israel seven times and cursing it’s enemies the same.
Balack gets mad and sends Baalam packing. This is not turning out the way he wanted.
Unfortunately, later on Baalam, works around having to do things God’s way and works on Balacks behalf.
Questions for me?
Will I stand strong without swerving for what God values or will I give in to the enticement and applause of men?
Do I try to manipulate God into partnering with me in my own agenda?
I observe in this story that God is a keeper of His promises. He had promised to bless Israel and make them a great nation.
Numbers 23:19 “God is not human that he should lie, not a human being that he should change His mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
I learn from Balack that to go around cursing other’s might just find it coming back on my own head.
“May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed.” Numbers 24:9
God alone is in charge of the blessings and cursings. They cannot be manipulated outside of His will.