Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!”
~ Number 23:11 (NKJV)
Balak had promised Balaam a handsome amount of wealth if he would only use his prophetic voice to speak out against Israel and curse them. Yet, though Balaam had the temptation of abundant earthly treasure awaiting him for this simple request, he would not, he could not speak out against God and His people. His fear of the Lord and faithfulness to God compelled Balaam to respond to Balak saying, “Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD has put in my mouth?”
We are often tempted with the promise of earthly prosperity today if we will but sin against our eternal God. Satan tempted Christ in like manner. But for those who fear the Lord and desire above all to know and do His will, no worldly compensation will ever replace the glories of heavenly treasure and the blessings of obedience to God now, and the wonderful everlasting inheritance awaiting God’s Faithful.
“Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey…'”
~ Number 13:27 (NKJV)
The promised land of Canaan was truly an amazing place. Yet it was filled with a mighty and powerful people. It would not come to the Israelites easily, but it would come to them surely for the Lord God had determined it for the good of His people. Anywhere God sends us will be a place filled with milk and honey. God is good and faithful. And the manifestations of His love, grace and mercy are realized in the wonderful blessings His people receive from His kind hand. Though the Christian life may not always be easy, our trials are for our good and eventually lead us to our spiritual and eternal land flowing with God’s milk and honey.