God’s Point-of-View Never Changes
“Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.’” Numbers 23:27 NIV
Point-of-view: a lesson straight from literature class. To teach our students this concept, we ask them to imagine a familiar story being told from a different character’s perspective. It’s fun for them to imagine how a story line and sequence of events will change, simply based on who is telling the story.
But don’t we often expect God to do this in our own lives?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve caught myself bargaining with God, expecting Him to change His mind based on my convincing testimony.
“God, if you look at it this way, I’m sure you will see that this is the best decision for me right now.”
“But God, if this doesn’t happen right now, what am I going to do?”
We aren’t the only ones to make this mistake. In Numbers 23, Balak, the king of the Moabites, was afraid of the Israelites, and rightfully so! To take care of this threat, he employed the services of Balaam, the sorcerer.
After Balaam spoke his first message of blessing over Israel instead of a curse, Balak thought that if Balaam saw the Israelites from a different vantage point, God’s message would change.
“Come with me to another place where you can see them; you will not see them all but only the outskirts of their camp. And from there, curse them for me.” Numbers 23:13 NIV
It didn’t change a thing. Balaam responded with another blessing from God over Israel.
“I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.” Num 23:20
Then, as if that wasn’t enough, Balak took him to yet another location!
“Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.’” Num 23:27 NIV
But true to his word, God never changes.
“How beautiful are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel!” Num 24:5
Now before we condemn Balak, let’s remember how often we do the same thing – we present our requests to the One who cares most for us and knows what’s best. But how do we respond when the answer in no? Or worse, when the answer is silence?
Let’s learn from Balak’s misfortune and misjudgment today.
No matter how you look at it, God’s plan prevails. Always.
I may be able to teach my students about the many different points-of-view in literature, but in reality, I must remember that God only has one point-of-view. His is solid, steadfast, and the only one that is right for me.
God sees everything, and that should give us great perspective today.