January 24, 2014
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. —Deuteronomy 2 3:5 nasb When we face enemies who want to curse us—or actually do—we can become defeated and scared. We begin to see the enemy as towering, looming larger than God’s capability. But God promises to take others’ cursings and morph them into blessings for us. Look back on your life. When have someone’s curses, or ill intents, blessed you? What happened in the aftermath? Consider some of these things God can do to bring blessing out of painful situations with others. You learn by negative example what not to do. Often we learn best by watching others make big mistakes. You find more perseverance in your life. You’re no longer as easily broken as you were in the past. You have the opportunity to be more like Jesus who loved the entire world, including his betrayer, Judas. When you forgive, you’re most like him. You realize that really only God’s opinion of you matters as you entrust your reputation to him. You feel a kinship with Jesus because he also suffered at the hands of others. Rest there today. God takes the cursing and turns it into surprising blessing. Jesus, help me to see what you’re up to when I’m facing an enemy. I want to grow, to forgive, to lean into what you have for me. Give me your perspective as you turn this curse into a blessing. Amen. From Daily Gifts of Hope: Devotions for Each Day of Your Year. © 2013 by (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission.