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Friday, June 20, 2008

The Blessing of the Curse

So the LORD God said to the serpent: "... I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you." Then to Adam He said, "... Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life..."
(Genesis 3:14-17 NKJV)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
(Romans 8:28 NKJV)

When we rebelled against God, sin became our nature. In each curse, sin’s sting is felt—yet God works even curse for blessing. In the toil of survival we may be occupied with constructive labor, lest we are utterly consumed with sin. Amid pain and desire we are bonded together, lest the enemy utterly divide us. In the enmity between good and evil, Our Creator manifests consummate justice and mercy, grace and love, that might otherwise be unknown. We indeed give thanks in all circumstances.

Lord God, Your goodness is manifest even in Your curse. And for us whom You’ve fully blessed, there is no curse. Please open our eyes to Your blessing in all things.

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