Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Curse or Consequences – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 2
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Curse or Consequences
This is one of those verses that is often overlooked due to its poetic flavor. The meaning behind the verse is huge, and so many people don’t use this as an answer to some very popular questions.
- “Why me?”
- “Has God cursed me?”
- “Am I cursed?”
First off, let’s make sure we’re clear about who is being spoken of here. If we take a look at mankind, and the actions that people take against others without a cause or without provocation, this verse may seem like a lie. And if it were talking about curses being performed by people, it would be a lie.
Nobody asks to get cursed (nobody reasonable anyways). But people curse each other all the time. This includes all people, including Christians, who are supposed to have chose blessings over cursing.
It’s been my experience, that people curse themselves and others without ever realizing that they’re doing so. I believe that this is true due to an absence of knowledge into the Word of God concerning this subject.
We’re led to believe that a curse is a ceremonial kind of thing, where objects need to pass through elements, or some kind of hoodoo. In the world of witchcraft and the occult, they use these techniques to assign demons to something or someone despite the intention, or whether they believe it or not.
That is a whole study unto itself as it would relate to us, concerning how Satan uses people to do his bidding. The point I’d steering toward, is that people do often curse others that don’t deserve it, or have done nothing to cause it to happen.
So the verse above appears to be in err, until we remove ourselves from the mix, and include the Father into the equation. This opens up a treasure chest of supernatural truth, that answer all kinds of questions similar to those above.
The Father has established things to be the way that they are. What I mean is, cause and effect. If you do something that causes you to be cursed by something that he has established, then you are not being cursed causeless. You have done something in order to have kicked it off.
We call this consequences. Nobody who decides to go 100 mph in a 45 mph zone is surprised at the outcome when they’re pulled over for it, right? They know the law is being broken, kind of like an egg. We all know that when we break open an egg, a mess comes out. When laws get broken, the mess of consequences ensue.
So it is the same with the Lord. As he tells us above, a curse causeless shall not come. He doesn’t wait over us with a rod waiting to give us trouble whenever we step out of line. But the things that he has established contain blessings and curses.
He has placed before us life and death, blessing and cursing. And he advises us to choose life. Jesus is the way, truth, and the life. When we choose him, and abide in him (very important distinction), we are choosing life, and life more abundantly.
We wind up choosing to do the things that please him as we grow, rather than remaining ignorant to his Word and his will; causing curses to fall upon our heads while remaining ignorant to what he has established.
We need to understand and incorporate his Word into our lives, in order to prevent ourselves from doing those things that kick off those consequences that some may call a curse. I’ve been cursed, and I’ve been blessed. Blessed is better. Learn through the Word of the Lord the things that cause blessings, and do those things.
It is much easier to abstain from doing things that launch a curse, when we are doing things that launch the blessings of the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matthew 12: King James Bible
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
James 3: King James Bible
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Thank you for giving us your Word, so that we may become clear as to what we should and shouldn’t do, and what will cause a curse or blessing to befall ourselves or others. Help us always to bless and not curse, as our desire is to get ever closer to you, learning of you, seeking to please you, and to be as much like you as is possible. Help us to notice these kinds of things in your Word, and if there is anyone unknowingly living under a curse through their actions, open their eyes to the truth in your Word, and help them to receive your instruction to get themselves out of it, and into your blessings. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you looked to the Lord and his Word to determine whether or not you’er suffering from a curse or consequences of something you may have done to invite it?
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