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OUCH...My Hip Is Killing Me!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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“He who learns must suffer. Even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” – Aeschylus

Same page, different paragraph.

Yesterday, I shared an excerpt from Dante’s Inferno that Robert F. Kennedy was fond of quoting. It is found on Page 255 of “Bobby Kennedy, A Raging Spirit” by Chris Matthews. Today’s passage by the Greek playwright Aeschylus was another of RFK’s favorites.

You don’t have to look any further than the life of Jacob in the Book of Genesis to see this same truth portrayed in the life of a biblical patriarch. Jacob, the Usurper. Jacob, the Deceiver. It seems that God could not use him fully until He wrestled with Jacob throughout the night, leaving him lame for the rest of his life.

Physical limitations, often involving chronic pain, are sometimes God’s way of getting our attention. Believe it or not, they can also be the doorway to greater blessings and spiritual effectiveness.

A.W. Tozer put it about as bluntly as possible. “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly,” he wrote, “until He has hurt him deeply.” Another Christian writer said it this way: “Never trust a Christian leader who doesn’t walk with a limp.”

Are you suffering from a physical, emotional, or spiritual affliction? Don’t despair! Just like it did for Jacob at Peniel, the day will soon break and behind it will come a renewed sense of purpose.

“Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, ‘Let Me go, for the day breaks.’ But he said, ‘I will not let You go unless You bless me!’ So He said to him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Jacob.’ And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.’ …Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.” Genesis 32:24-28, 31 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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