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.
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 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, and 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 redeem all our problems, sooner or later, both in time and eternity. He does it because He loves us.
As Psalm 109:28 says, “Let them curse, but You bless.”
God is His own interpreter / and He will make it plain.
In February 2019, Cydney Cooper gave birth to twins while her husband, Skyler, was deployed in Kuwait with the U.S. Army. The babies were premature and spent twelve days in the NICU. One day as Cydney cradled one of the newborns in the hospital room, a nurse entered. Behind her came another pair of footsteps—Skyler’s. The video of the surprise reunion went viral, being viewed more than 2.1 million times.
Think of how wonderful we’ll feel when our footsteps tread heaven’s streets. Whether by death or by the Lord’s sudden return, there’s a great reunion ahead of us. Christ’s victory over sin and death gives us an eternal home, and what a celebration awaits us. Charles Gabriel envisioned this reunion when he wrote the hymn, “O That Will Be Glory”—one of the most popular in its day—that said:
When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore
Will through the ages be glory for me.
Friends will be there I have loved long ago; joy like a river around me will flow. Charles Gabriel, hymnist