In the best of times and, more especially, in the worst of times, remember this: GOD IS GOOD. It’s easy to worship the Lord when life is great and everything is going how you’d hoped, but there is a profound spiritual power in the faith displayed by a worshipper whose world has fallen to pieces. Have you ever wondered if you are blessed or cursed? During the “night seasons”, worship will see you through. How? Will it make everything better? No. Worship will make you better. Stronger. More resilient. Wiser. More patient. Praising the Lord for His goodness (amid all the badness) will give you a powerful, spiritual perspective of what you’re going through because your eyes will be fixed on Him, not on yourself and your situation. This matters because it’s a winning strategy. YOU are the winner, even in what feels like a losing circumstance. God doesn’t perceive or define losing like you do, nor does He perceive or define death like you do; and He doesn’t perceive or define blessing like you do.
In God’s eyes, “blessed or cursed” is not in question. You are blessed! “Blessed” doesn’t mean you have no problems. No! Jesus said that as long as you lived in the world, there would be troubles to overcome, “but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” He said. (John 16:33) How can you “be of good cheer” amid trials? You need to define “blessing” like He does! You are blessed! However, whether or not you think you are blessed or cursed matters too because whichever you believe will influence how you behave in the face of adverse circumstances. Notice I did not say you are problem-free – you are BLESSED. There is a difference! You are blessed with the uncommon, supernatural ability to overcome every trial you face. The world may try to “curse” you, but God says you are blessed! Whose report will you believe?
God doesn’t perceive or define losing like you do, nor does He perceive or define death like you do; and He doesn’t perceive or define blessing like you do.
In the book of Numbers, Balaam, a prophet, was hired by King Balak of Moab to speak a curse over God’s people. However, once Balaam sought the Lord, here’s the message God gave him for the king:
“But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the Lord has not condemned? I see them from the cliff tops; I watch them from the hills. I see a people who live by themselves, set apart from other nations.” (Numbers 8:8-9)
In other words, no man can curse what God has blessed- that’s you! But, of course, King Balak of Moab did not receive that word and had Balaam try again. Once again Balaam sought the Lord and this time the message was:
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it! No misfortune is in His plan for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the Lord their God is with them; He has been proclaimed their king…No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel.” (Numbers 8: 19-23)
The wicked king wanted to curse God’s people, but he literally could not make that happen. Why? Because God had blessed them – END OF DISCUSSION. So, think about it again: Are you blessed or cursed? Sure, people might come against you more than once and try to make you feel cursed, as the king did to God’s people – he tried twice – but God pushed back, TWICE. In God’s eyes, you are blessed. Regardless of what you feel – worship Him today because He has blessed you!
Thought for today
Remember that no one can curse what God has blessed! Living a life that is blessed or cursed is all a matter of your perspective. Do you have God’s perspective of your life? Are you defining your situations the way He does? The truth of God’s Word (which is the only source of truth in existence) states over and over that you are blessed. Maybe life has made you feel cursed – cursed with health issues; cursed with family problems; cursed with bad skin; cursed with a disability; cursed with addiction; cursed with being overweight; cursed with poverty – And yet God calls you blessed! Sure, maybe you have obstacles to overcome, but that’s the nature of the fallen world you live in. You have Jesus and He has overcome the world and all of its evils! Your job? Worship Him! Don’t look at life through the natural eye. Ask God show you what HE sees in your life’s circumstances and to show you where you are BLESSED. Then, worship Him again! YOU ARE BLESSED!