And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.
After a round of golf, basketball game or even running a 5k race, we look back and replay key decisions in our minds. We wonder what would have been the result if we did something different. What if we didn’t run so hard that first mile? What if we made that one free throw? Or what we just lagged that putt for birdie instead of blowing it by 7 feet leading to a careless bogey? Our past mistakes can quickly become a burden if we focus on the “what might have beens.”
The prophet Zechariah gave notice that the once burdensome Israel would be made into a blessing by our Lord. When consider our “past life”, think about the burden we were on our family much less God. Think about the times we rejected a Savior and chose to continue in sin. We could even go further and call ourselves curses. Without Jesus as our Savior, we were under the control of the devil and his devices. Many times our behaviors not only affected our own life, but our adversely harmed the ones who were in our circle.
Some of us were more burdensome than others, but now consider the blessing by which salvation has transformed our lives. It is important to search our life and find a blessing we have been to others. It is then we are encouraged by our spiritual endeavors and realize the impact our mission has had upon others. Further, the believer has a desire to be a future blessing to others.
Let us pray and have an earnest desire for God to make us a blessing to someone today. It could be in condolence, comfort to one who is hurting or even financial by assisting someone who is “short” this week. When we are thanked, however, we must remember to deflect any praise to God for He is the bestower of all blessings. If not for our Savior, we would still be a burden and a curse.
Let us not have regrets as to what our present may have been without our decisions, but be thankful for a Savior and His touch. Only He can turn a burden into a blessing. Consider only what our life would be without Christ. He has certainly made all the difference.