devotions from Jefferson Vann #2335
Num 23:7 And Balaam took up his chant and said, “From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!’
Num 23:8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom Yahveh has not denounced?
Num 23:9 Because from the top of the crags I see him, from the hills I notice him; notice, a people staying alone, and not counting itself among the nations!
Num 23:10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number the fourth part of Israel? Let my soul die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!”
Num 23:11 And Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I hired you to curse my enemies, and notice, you have done nothing but bless them.”
Num 23:12 And he answered and said, “Must I not be careful to speak what Yahveh puts in my mouth?”
Balak had brought Balaam to a set of huge rocky cliffs, so that he could see a sizable portion of the Israelite camp. From there Balaam had the vantage point needed to curse the whole people. But the curse could not come, because Balaam knew that God was not in it.
Often the world asks us to condemn those who do not deserve it. We should have the wisdom not to follow the latest fad of condemnation. Leave the judgment to God and his word.
LORD, give us eyes to see those whom you have chosen to bless, and the wisdom to withhold judgment.