There are two big disappointments in the Old Testament. One is King Solomon; the other is the prophet Balaam. Today’s devotional speaks of Balaam but compare him to Solomon. Avoid their follies and then thank God we have a prophet, priest, and king who never disappoints – Jesus! God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Numbers 23:10 English Standard Version (ESV)
10 Who can count the dust of Jacob
or number the fourth part[a] of Israel?
Let me die the death of the upright,
and let my end be like his!”
“How blest the righteous are,
When they resign their breath!
No wonder Balaam wished to share
In such a happy death.
‘Oh! let me die,’ said he,
‘The death the righteous do;
When life is ended, let me be
Found with the faithful few.
The force of truth how great!
When enemies confess,
None but the righteous, whom they hate,
A solid hope possess.
But Balaam’s wish was vain,
His heart was insincere;
He thirsted for unrighteous gain,
And sought a portion here.
He seemed the Lord to know,
And to offend him loathe;
But Mammon proved his overthrow,
For none can serve them both.
May you, my friends, and I,
Warning from hence receive;
If like the righteous we would die,
To choose the life they live.”
[The Works of John Newton III, (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1820), p. 329]