Balaam is an interesting character in the Old Testament. Famous for having some kind of power to ‘bless and to curse’, he is offered a reward to curse the children of Israel. God even speaks to Balaam, telling him not to go, then, not to curse. In this story, Balaam, like each of us, must decide upon what is first in his heart. God, or something/someone else. How he decides gives us a profound insight into wants, desires, good, bad, and the temptation of compromise.