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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Blessing of the Curse

Scripture to reflect upon for Manic Monday: Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done…

We wallow in it. Sit in it. Slop around in it. Play with the ideas in our head. We are hurt and aching. But…

Here’s another “big but” in the bible. But…God intended it for good.

All the “stuff” going on, happening around you, hurting you, pushing you, driving you over the edge. God says, “But…”

Your curse is your blessing. Joseph’s situation looked hopeless. He was sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisoned for years. He could have felt sorry for himself. He could have given up. He could have seen the prison walls as barriers, but instead he saw opportunities; God-given opportunities to take what was intended for his harm and use them to accomplish good things, such as saving so many lives.

My fault is always assuming there’s no “big but” in the picture. My downfall is always wallowing in my weaknesses and not allowing God to use me in it instead. The seemingly curse the enemy tries to instill in my life, God shows up with a big but and gets me out of it, and then use it to help others.

Many years ago at a small home group, it was my week to give my testimony. I told my story about the two abortions and how God restored me. Little did I know that as I told my story, a visitor to our group was scheduled for an abortion within the next three days. She wasn’t saved, so a friend brought her to our group hoping she may find insight. And she did…through my curse that God turned into a blessing. She spoke up after my story and confessed her decision and right there made a declaration that she wouldn’t abort her child. All glory goes to God. But…God intended it for good. How many people do you think she is now telling her story to? God’s goodness is a rippling effect. My story touched her life, her story will touch others, and so on and so forth.

You may soon realize that whatever it is you’re going through right now, God is preparing you to be a blessing to someone else who is facing the same challenges “now being done” to them.

NOTE TO SELF: This is not easy. I know. But…God is going to take this and use it for good. It may have been intended to harm you, but God—but GOD!—is on your side. Your curse will be a blessing to someone else, which in turn will also be a blessing for you…and so many others you’re not even aware of.

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