TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
Just as love hopes all things, believes all things and endures all things, I never fail you because I Am love incarnate. When the enemy or the in-a-me descends don’t fear. Pain is for the night but joy comes in the morning as you see working for your benefit.
BLESSING OR CURSE?
Not every blessing looks or feels like a blessing. If you’ve walked very long with Jesus, you’ve experienced pain, rejection and things that feel like a curse while you’re in the midst of them. Perspective is everything. Take Mary mother of Jesus for example.
There she is, laying there in a sheep stable giving birth for the first time. She’s just a teenager going through that tremendous pain only women know about, wondering if if’s suppose to feel like this or if maybe something is wrong.
Her mama’s not there and the women of Joseph’s family have shunned her and thrown her out with the livestock to fend for herself with a husband who didn’t have any idea how to help her. They had to have felt tremendous shame.
I can just see her laying on the floor of that stable remembering the words of Gabriel. “Hail Mary, you’re blessed. You’re the most highly favored woman anybody’s ever seen.”
I can also imagine her going over those words saying, “Didn’t God say I was going to be blessed? That I was special to Him and favored? This doesn’t feel like favor or being blessed.”
While most of us would be cursing the Lord or begging Him to take this away from us because we’ve changed our minds, there is no recording of Mary doing so. While she had to be feeling cursed, at that moment, Mary had to have faith that the angel told her the truth. This may be bad, but something good would come out of it.
Have you ever lost a job and felt like the biggest loser? Maybe you thought God brought that on you and you shook your fist at the sky asking, “Why? What did I do to deserve this?” only to look back a few months later and realize that job loss was actually a blessing. Maybe it allowed you to move on to something better or escape something you didn’t realize was eating you alive.
God is not in the cursing business. He’s in the blessing business and business is good. He even takes those blows life deals us and works them out for our good. He did that for Mary and He promises He will do that for you too.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
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