“God can achieve His purpose either through the absence of human power and resources, or abandonment of reliance on them. All through history God has chosen and used nobodies, because their unusual dependence on Him made possible the unique display of His power and grace. He chose and used somebodies only when they renounced dependence on their natural abilities and resources.”
~ Oswald Chambers
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.