“And the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as his adversary” (v22). Balaam, prophet of God, apparently did not intend to obey God’s voice. When an angel stood in the path before him, Balaam was so spiritually blind that he didn’t see the angel – though his donkey did. Frustrated, Balaam beat the animal until God “opened the mouth of the donkey” (v28) and he spoke. Finally, God “opened the eyes of Balaam” (v31) to see the angel, too.
As a prophet, Balaam should have known the Lord’s will (v34). Yet in His mercy, even when we don’t listen well, God keeps speaking to us and guiding us back to the right path.