I have been thinking about old Balaam in the Book of Numbers today. In that tremendous prophecy of Christ seen by old Balaam, he said this: "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult." (Nu.24:17, NKJV)
Isn't that amazing! Even old pagan Balaam could "see" our magnificent Lord Jesus Christ from way back across the centuries! But something stands out to me when I read this. Balaam had to say that he saw Him, but not near & not now. But we believers today can say that He is near to us, & we can "behold" Him right now without a second's delay! Whatever our need or joy, we can take it to the Lord right now, & He is near! We are so blessed in this age! But, blessings also bring responsibilities. At the Bema of Christ, we will give account of all the times that we tried to make it on our own rather than go to Him & let Him handle our lives. If old Balaalm could "see" Christ way off, then let's go to our dear Savior now & spend some quality time with Him just enjoying His blessed presence! God Bless you all who come here.