From Curses to Blessings

cursestoblessingsNevertheless, 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.

Comments

  1. 3 months ago
    Liz says

    I lost my job and home 18 months ago, feel like my life is cursed and I don’t know what to do. I need money to have a place to live, all my family are dead ,friends cant help… I am tired of living like this.

    • I know how you feel. I made the same statement to my friend. I have felt that I was cursed from birth.I moved from Florida to Virginia for a job. Was not told that I would have to pass a test in order to keep my job. I started work on 10/14/13 and worked until 12/17/13. On the 17th my manager walked to my desk and escorted me from the job stating that my test scores were not 85 and let me go. Now I am here with no job, no money and about to lose my apartment. It is also harder when you do not have a degree. I do believe that God does not close a door without opening a window. Do not know why we are going through this but I do know that we will be stronger when we come out on the other side.

  2. God has ministered to me He’s got it all in control. I’m learning through this to trust Him even more.

  3. 3 months ago
    Pita says

    Thank you so much for this devotion, I really needed it after the weekend we had here at home.

  4. 3 months ago
    KM says

    Press in and meet our provider and sustainer who is close to the broken hearted . He freely gives wisdom and comfort . Ask Him and wait on Him in prayer . With thanksgiving offer your life to His control. Let him transform your mind in His word , your heart with His grace and your spirit with His hope. I will trust in our Lord Jesus’ power to bring beauty from these ashes. Look for his touch today and give Him ALL the glory and praise for what he has done !! Your eternal destiny is without tears . While we travel here there is suffering , but He has overcome !!! Let Him help you stand in this strength and walk you through the valleys. You are not done yet! God made you for a reason . Keep going , never give up. He will lead you !!! Humble yourself and let Him lift you up. Repent and graciously release all who have hurt you into Hid hands where He works all things out for His glory . He Is always with you!!