Thursday, February 07, 2013

Curses Into Blessing

Nevertheless, the Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.---Deut. 23:5

This reversal of fortune is God’s wonderful work. He delights in bringing life from death and blessing from cursing. If you spend any time reading the Bible you can’t escape the notice of God’s hand in blessing those He loves. A quick scan of the Old Testament and you see God moving to remove curse and establish blessing. Joseph tells his brothers not to be grieved because, “you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”

God points over and over to the exodus; “By a powerful hand the LORD brought you from this place; And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come saying, ‘what is this?’ then you shall say to him, with a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt; Then Moses entreated the Lord his God and said,’ why doth Thine anger burn against Thy people whom Thou hast brought out of the land of Egypt?” Granted He has a slow fuse and sees the long view. It took four-hundred years for Israel to escape the whip of the Egyptians.

My pastor is fond of saying that God is great with Plan B. He works to bring circumstances about so that, “All things work together for good to those that love Him…” Even death is in His hand and we are immortal until His appointed time. In the most significant turn to blessing Romans says, “as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through the obedience of the one many will be made righteous.”

The wait will be worth it. The promise is that all will work for good. God will turn these cursed events into blessing because the LORD your God loves you.

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