Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel, but God made the curse into a blessing (Deuteronomy 23:5). By acts like this, God made a name for Himself as the One who could turn a curse into a blessing. Never did He do this on a grander scale than when He raised Jesus from the dead and thereby made a path for all humanity to enter heaven. Death, which previously had been man’s biggest curse, now became life’s biggest blessing! (Philippians 1:21)
Even before the Balak-Balaam episode, God had demonstrated His ability in this regard when he transformed the trials of Joseph into the triumphs of Joseph. Joseph was able at the end of it all to look his brothers in the eye and tell them, in effect, “Don’t feel bad about any of this; you may have meant evil to me, but God meant it to be good for all of us.”
For this reason Paul could say that all things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He could also exhort his disciples to give up dissensions, disputes, and any desire for revenge. In fact, he asked them, “Why not rather be wronged?” (1 Corinthians 6:7) knowing that God was able to turn any difficulty into a triumph.
Through Christ our Lord, we are able to go from one triumph to another (2 Corinthians 2:14) in life.
So much did Paul embrace this way of thinking that he was able to rejoice whenever he was weak, because then he was actually strong through the Lord (2 Corinthians 12:10).
This way of thinking is completely incompatible with the world’s way of thinking, for your defeats in the flesh are vindicated in the spirit (1 Timothy 3:16), as Jesus’ was. Your mind must be set on the spirit and not on the flesh to understand and act on this principle (Romans 8:6-8). Once you digest this principle, however, you cannot be defeated in life. Ever!
This is the love of God, both for us and through us (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.