A message of hope in troubled times

Deuteronomy 23:5

The Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loved you.

John 12:47

Christ says, “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”


The thief, Jesus tells us, steals, kills, and destroys. That’s his intent. But God is committed to our salvation. He will see to it that his will for the good of his people succeeds – no matter the opposition or difficulty. When Balaam was dispatched to curse Israel, God turned that curse into a blessing. Rather than cursing Israel, Balaam served to bring honor and advantage to Israel (cf. Numbers 22-23 – the context of the Deuteronomy passage above).

Even more decisively when Jesus was taken prisoner, interrogated by the chief priests, mocked, spit-upon, and beaten by the soldiers, shuttled from Caiaphas to Pilate, to Herod and back, and ultimately sent to the cross, God turned that evil to good. Jesus suffering and death resulted in our salvation. The world judged Jesus, but he saved the world.

Whatever evil may be aligned against God’s kingdom and people, we can be certain God will prevail. He will bring a blessing, for he loves us. That is a message of great good for us in these troubled times.

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