Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert.
When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him
Twice Balaam went and made sacrifices and then went to a different spot to meet with the Lord. Both times the Lord met with him.
The third time it says the above. ‘he did not resort to sorcery’ he didn’t do any of his magic voodoo whatever. He did what he knew God loved and desired, and look what happened. Instead of meeting with God, God came upon him!
How often do I not get this same thing?! I am going to go do this spiritual thing, I’m going to have a time of prayer, or solitude, or whatever, and sure, I meet with God.
But when, in the normal course of my day, all of a sudden I do something that I know pleases Him, like I start praying life into a poor old woman or I give some bread to a starving street kid, all of a sudden God is UPON ME and more is revealed to me than could ever be revealed by meeting with Him.