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The God Who Wounds¤(Job 5:17-19 ; 6:1-4.)

Job 5:18.

IN WORD:Have you suffered wounds from God?We'd prefer never 2 know pain at His handr,but tgb Bible gives us no such promise.What we are promised is comforting,but much less relaxing than what we'd like 2 hear.We want a god who will always give us what we want and will never teach us hard lessons.We want 2 be conformed 2 the image of Jesus without the chisel that shapes us,But God' hand,though always good,isn,t always easy.He takes us through not önly joys & comfort,but also pain.A quick survey of Scripture should be enough 2 convince us.Just ask Job-or Abrahan,Joseph,David,Jeremiah,Daniel,John the Baptist,John the disciple,Peter,Paul,Stephen,or any other character God used.The godly life is joyful but painful.Or WE could just ask our living Lord.That sacred head once wounded has a testimony 4 us:Those who worship God yet live in this wold will be traumatized by contradictions between the 2.Count on it.And it isn't just an unfortune spiritual dynamic;the God we worship has ordained it.Whether 4 correction or character,it's from Him.Is that unsettling?Don't worry;His wounds are never deeper than they must be,and never beyynd His ability 2 heal;In fact,He promised to heal them,but we must have them if He is to shape us.There's no way we can be like Jesus and yet wear no scars in this wold.IN DEED:Did you think the Christian life was going 2 be without pain?No,Look at Jesus.Look at His disciples.Look a 2 000 years of church history.Or,closer to home,look at the headlines.The crucified Lord has a crucified church It's the only path 2 resurrection.No , the Christian life is by means withot pain.It can't be,not if it's real and if it exists in a hostile wold.And mot i3 we're going 2 be like Jesus,But neither is it without comfort & healing.That's why we can worshp the God who wound as well as the God who restores.He knows what He is doing,He is preparing us 4 glory. XxXX NO PAIN,NO PAIN,NO THORNS,NO THRONE,NO GALL,NO GLORY,NO CROSS,NO CROWN. . Amen.

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