[Balaam said] “Even if Balak gave me his palace stuffed with silver and gold, I couldn’t do anything on my own, whether good or bad, that went against God’s command.” Numbers 24:13
When the Israelites entered Moab, they sent the people of Moab into a panic and feared they would take over, like “crows picking a carcass clean.” (Numbers 22:4) King Balak sent for Balaam to curse the Israelites, but instead Balaam blessed them, refusing to do anything against God’s wishes.
In today’s world, Balak might be like a CEO of a large company that fears smaller companies may start up and offer employees higher starting wages. Mr. CEO offers a wise and charismatic new senator big sums of money for his campaign chest to introduce a bill to make it difficult for new businesses to crop up.
However, when the bill is presented to the senate, it is full of praise and ways for the government to fund new businesses to spur on the economy. The CEO becomes furious and takes back his offer of campaign money. Of course, this is a fairytale.
Easy access to credit, clever advertising and marketing, and a “want verses need” mentality makes it more difficult to stand firm on what we believe God wants for us.
Dear God, help us sort our worldly desires with heavenly guidance. Amen.