When Balaam Refuses to Curse Israel and Receive Balak’s Rewards and Honor, Balak Tells Him, “The Lord Hath Kept Thee Back from Honour”
11 Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the Lord hath kept thee back from honour.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
“The perks of discipleship are such that if we see a stretch limousine pulling up, we know it is not calling for us. God’s plan is not the plan of pleasure; it is the ‘plan of happiness.’ . . . Discipleship may keep the honors of the world from us. As Balak told Balaam, ‘I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the Lord hath kept thee back from honour’ (Numbers 24:11).”
(“The Tugs and Pulls of the World,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 35.)