The Spin of Grace

Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam,

but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you,

because the Lord your God loves you.

Deuteronomy 23:5

God turns curses into blessings.

In His great redeeming purposes for us,

He works every situation for the good of those who love Him.

This is the spin of grace.

God’s ways, though mysterious, are marvelous.

In the book of Numbers,

the king of Moab hired a pagan soothsayer named Balaam

He asked him to curse the Israelites.

But whenever Balaam tried to utter his curses,

only blessing came from his mouth.

Centuries later,

Nehemiah reminded the exiles who were repopulating

Jerusalem of this story, saying,

Our God turned the curse into a blessing

Nehemiah 13:2

We need to develop the confidence that while God’s plans

may be mysterious, they are ultimately for our good.

A host of enemies seek to unravel our lives & the devil finds

every opportunity to curse us with problems.

Sometimes the circumstances of life seem against us.

But through the power of Christ,

God moves to reverse all our problems, sooner or later,

both in time & eternity.

He does it because He loves us.

As Psalm 109:28 says,

“Let them curse, but You bless.”

God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform.

He plants his footsteps on the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take,
The clouds you so much dread,

Are big with mercy & will break,
With blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for his grace.

Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour.

The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain.


God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

William Cowper

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