God will accomplish what he promises. And perhaps the most important example of this truth is God’s love for the world and the sending of his own precious son from heaven to live and die on earth for you and me. Jesus is that gift…
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?
Balaam, who was a prophet to King Balak back in the day, couldn’t change the message whether he wanted to or not. Balak wanted to get a curse put on Israel because he was threatened by their presence in his land. Balaam wouldn’t do it. Couldn’t do it.
In fact, God’s message back to Balaam was that he was to bless Israel, not curse them. That was the opposite of what Balak wanted. In the end of the story, we actually see Balak begging Balaam to just be neutral. If you can’t curse them, fine, just don’t bless them. Sorry pal. God says they are blessed. And so they are blessed. Why?
Because God isn’t human. God doesn’t change his mind on a whim or for your military victory or for your ego to be stroked or to help you not be threatened. In fact, before this interaction even happened, God had decided to protect and lead and form Israel into a nation of his calling for his purpose as his children. Balak wasn’t going to get in the middle of that. God fulfills his word.
Jonah didn’t want Nineveh to receive a warning to change their ways and honour God because he hated them. God loved Nineveh, and Jonah’s beef with them wasn’t going to change God’s mind.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ time viewed themselves as superior to the Gentile dogs, yet Jesus rewarded the great faith of the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 who asked him for crumbs from the Master’s table. The mercy of God is not in the hands of men to determine who is worthy…
God will accomplish what he promises.
And perhaps the most important example of this truth is God’s love for the world and the sending of his own precious son from heaven to live and die on earth for you and me. Jesus is that gift.
Furthermore, God continues to work in those whom he adds to his family. When we put our faith in Jesus, God has begun a work in us which he will be faithful to complete (Philippians 1:6).
Balak doesn’t stand a chance against the God who is who he is and does what he says. Would you consider your own relationship with the Lord and whether you are trying to mold him instead of surrendering to his work in you?