“The oracle of the man …who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty …” (v3-4). When Balaam the prophet was confronted with God’s reality, he didn’t “look for omens” (v1); instead, he was filled with God’s Spirit. He saw the truth of God’s mighty power on behalf of Israel, and not even “silver and gold” could make him say otherwise (v13). Balaam saw a vision of God’s people thriving and, eventually, “a star” arising to rule the world (v17).
“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob … like gardens beside a river” (v5-6). Experiencing joyful, abundant life with God gives us courage to follow Him during times of doubt or struggle.