4 These nations did not welcome you with food and water when you came out of Egypt. Instead, they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in distant Aram-naharaim to curse you. 5 But the Lord your God refused to listen to Balaam. He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the Lord your God loves you. Deuteronomy 23:4-5
During my quiet time today I read Deuteronomy 23.
I loved this chapter! I feel like I always say that, but this time I really mean it.
This chapter covered several topics including regulations regarding: community cleanliness, personal loans, making vows to God and warnings about not taking advantage of your neighbor’s hospitality.
Even so, what I loved most was in the very beginning when it was mentioned how the Moabites and Ammonites tried to curse the people of Israel and God mercifully turned those curses into blessings.
I’m reminded that bad things happen to us all the time and people sometimes do things to do cause us harm, BUT there is NO curse and no wrong that has been done to us that God can’t turn around. Behind every cloud is a rainbow. Amen!
When things don’t go the way I desire, I press into God and look from something good I can take away from the situation. What can I do differently next time? What have Iearned from this experience? I try not to let life get me down. My hope is in God and I know he is able to do above and beyond what I could think or ask.
No matter what, it is well.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your infinite love and protection. Help me Lord to remember that you are always there with me and you can do what men cannot. You are all powerful, all knowing, you are omnipresent! No matter what happens to me, or what plans others may have for me, with you there is always hope! In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.