Numbers 23: 19 – God is not swayed
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
Balak was being rebuked for reasoning that God could be persuaded through human strategy and also for not realizing that the Israelites could not be cursed no matter what strategy was used.
God is not limited like man is. He is not limited to time, space or any other measure. God can do it all, He is omnipotent which means one who can do what is impossible. Balaam said that God is not a man that He should lie, or the Son of Man that He should change His mind. God had spoken what He had spoken, and that was the end of the story. Balaam was told to bless the Israelites, and He did.
Balaam is saying that God is not like men. Men are known for lying, unfaithfulness, and not keeping their word. God on the other hand, never lies and is constantly faithful. When He decides to bless a people, they are blessed. God will not change His mind and curse them immediately after blessing them. Only a person, who can be corrupted by others, power, and money could be so fickle, but not God. He is holy and trustworthy.
Do you question God’s promises? Have you realized that true blessings happen for a reason (GOD) and typically even when you fall down things are much better? What Balak didn’t understand was that God couldn’t be swayed, have you come to this realization too? Many times we try to convince ourselves that we do things for God or that we ask him to do things for us…. but what if that is not part of His plan for us?