Balaam’s final oracle to Balak was a promise to preserve and protect the people of God. While this oracle would come to pass in part through King David, King Jesus would be its ultimate fulfillment.
On the day we trust in Christ, His righteousness is credited to us (Rom. 3:21-26; 2 Cor. 5:21). The righteousness of God given to us does not mean that we no longer sin, but it does mean that Jesus’ perfect life was given to us as He took our sin onto Himself. It means that because our sin has been removed and we have Christ’s perfect righteousness, we are completely preserved and protected from the eternal consequences of sin and credited as being fully obedient to the Father.
When we trust in Jesus, we do not trust in Him merely for our salvation and then place that salvation in a safe place only to take out again in the future. We trust in His forgiveness but we also trust in His rule over us, knowing He has done everything necessary for our salvation and righteousness. Therefore, we are called to live in obedience out of love and gratitude for what He has done.
What is your motivation for obeying God? Why?