When Blessings Turn Into Curses

 When Blessings Turn Into Curses

Numbers 21:4-5

Then they traveled from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people wanted to give up because of the long way. They spoke against God and Moses, saying, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? For there are no food and no water. And we hate this bad food.”

We have all been there. We have something –or do something- for so long it becomes a curse instead of a blessing that it was meant to be. And then we begin to grumble and complain about the very same thing we originally considered a wonderful blessing.

Why is it that once the wonder wears off it becomes a curse?  Why can’t it continue to be a blessing? My guess would be that it’s because we are no longer thankful for it. We get used to it being there and then we look around and see what everyone else has and we begin to grumble about what we don’t have compared to what our neighbor down the street has.  

Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

I read something on Facebook once that said what if you woke up tomorrow morning with only the things you had thanked God for. What would you have left?

We get so caught up in the world we don’t realize that the blessings we prayed for have become a curse. We all say we are so thankful for what God has given us but is that always true? When was the last time we TRULY thanked God for what he has given us from the house we live in every day to the clothing on our backs or the computer you are reading this on?

When was the last time you thanked God for allowing you to hear the birds singing in the tree’s or the butterfly fluttering in your path or the summer breeze on your skin or the amazing sunshine, or how about for allowing you to live in this country where you are free to speak your mind?  Or for waking you up this morning? 

Or, thanking  God for the clean cold water we drink every day while in Africa where my friends are serving to care for the orphans the wells are dry and it’s hot and the dry season.

Lord forgive us for forgetting to be thankful.  Forgive us for letting your blessings turn to curses.  

Have you thanked Him today? 

There is no time like the present. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I needed this reminder. Where we live is so beautiful! But iys also bery expensive, bery far off the beaten path and can be very hard living conditions. The grocery store is an hour away and lately Ive gotten tired of making the drive and trying to get meds filled there. My focus has shifted and I have not been thankful or been focusing on the good and beautiful things. This was really good food for thought today and something I need to spend time in prayer over. Thanks for helping me see it!


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