March 12 – Curses into Blessings Due to Love

Moses retells a story found in Numbers 22-24 about a spiritualist name Balaam who was ordered by the king of Moab to curse the Israelites.  In the end, the potential cursing turned to blessings, but why?  Because again God showed His love toward His people.  When Russell and I worked to start a fresh church for Spanish speakers in Texas, an outspoken man mocked us while doing door-to-door outreach. This man, Juan de Leon, made fun of the nervous way that Russell’s disciple, Mario, was trying to share the good news.  Russell took an opportunity to stand up to the challenge with a pun based on the man’s last name “of the Lion”.  He quoted a verse in Ecclesiastes and shared how it is better to be a live dog than a dead lion.  Juan hesitated, nodded, and invited us in.  Mario was encouraged, Juan became a Christian, and Juan’s wife made us some great tamales.  We were all blessed!  There is no promise that we will go through life free of enemies who would like to see us cursed. So we, like the Israelites in their time, need to be reminded of God’s love for us.  
Yet the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, but He turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you.  Trust in the simple yet profound truth that God loves you.

Deuteronomy 23:5 HCSB