Numbers 23:19

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Numbers 23:19

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?

 

Balak, king of Moab, wanted the prophet Balaam to speak a certain way and curse his enemies. God told Balaam that he was not to curse them but bless them, for the Lord had spoken. It took Balaam’s donkey to persuade Balaam that he must not speak counter to what the Lord commanded of him. Balaam repented of his heedless actions and spoke God’s words, even though the king, Balak, was most displeased with what he heard.

God spoke through Balaam to say that God is not like us human beings who say one thing but mean another, or decide one thing and change our mind the next minute to do something else. We can count on God, because his nature is unchanging. God’s will is perfect and eternal. The goodness of God cannot be changed, lest it become less than perfect. Think of the foundation of a rock that is solid beneath our feet, unlike the shifting sands on a beach.

Balak did not appreciate the words God told Balaam to speak, but that’s no reason for God to change his mind. God has the bigger picture that we in our humanity cannot always grasp. What seems wrong in our limited perspective, God sees in all its fullness. Praise God for his foundation of truth in our lives.

 

Prayer

I praise you, Lord, for the eternal and unchanging nature of your character. I don’t have to wonder whether you will change your mind tomorrow. The truth I see in you will always be there. Your love in Jesus Christ is a constant in my life. Your promises are trustworthy and will be fulfilled in the time of your choosing. Let me be like Balaam and choose to follow your word. Amen.

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