“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
After King Balak’s persistent and failed attempts to have Balaam pronounce a curse upon the Israelites, Balaam adamantly told him that he could only pronounce blessings. Balaam boldly told Balak that when God blesses, he couldn’t revoke it. Later, Balak angrily told Balaam that the Lord has held him back from honor, which meant that Balak hired Balaam to curse the Israelites and since he did not fulfill his purpose, he would not be compensated.
On one of the three occasions when Balaam was speaking blessings over the Israelites, Balaam proclaimed the trustworthiness of God to Balak as He said,
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent;
Has He said, and will He not do it?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
When we read of the proclamation of the faithfulness of God, this should remind us that God was revealing His character about Himself to man. Because of this, we can know that we can trust the character and integrity of our heavenly Father. He does not lie because He cannot lie. If He promised to fulfill, He will surely do it. Everything about our Father is true and good because He always keeps His promises and He, as well as His spoken and written words, are trustworthy.
Although Balak heard these words spoken, he was not swayed or moved by neither God’s faithfulness nor His love towards the children of Israel. It would seem that both Balak and Balaam would desire to know the one true God who cares so deeply and can be trusted so greatly. As we read this passage, we should be swayed by the words that God says about Himself because His words are true. We should also be moved to remember that our heavenly Father can always be trusted. We are shown countless times in the accounts of the children of Israel’s unfaithfulness and God’s faithfulness towards them. We can also remember the faithfulness of God in spite of our unfaithfulness to God.
Reflect upon your life and recount how the Lord has been faithful, trustworthy, and good to you. He has never failed you and He never will. Be grateful today as you remember the everlasting promise that our God is not a man that He should lie and what He has said, He will do. Knowing this, we can trust our heavenly Father.
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