In Numbers 22, the Moabites saw the Israelites encamped in the wilderness and feared for their lives. They heard what the Israelites had done to the Amorites and feared that the same fate would come to them. So Balak, the king of Moab, sought the help of a diviner named Balaam to curse the Israelites. But the Lord came to Balaam and told him not to go to Balak because the Israelites were blessed (v. 12).
This is a fascinating account full of mystery (who was Balaam and why was he known to listen to God?) as well as the supernatural (a talking donkey!). But don’t lose sight of an important detail that is easily missed: The Israelites were not present in this story. They didn’t see the fear of the Moabites. They didn’t see Balaam’s encounter with a talking donkey. They didn’t hear the oracles Balaam spoke. Instead, they were off in the distance while these events unfolded. Even when the Israelites could not see it, God was working for their good.
God is always working all things for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). There may be times when we feel like we are walking through a desolate wilderness, when we feel hopeless, and when God seems far off. But we know this is not true, and knowing that God is working in ways that we cannot see to bless us, even through hardship, is what we cling to.
How has God’s faithfulness helped you remain faithful to Him even in the midst of difficult circumstances?