A thorny subject…

I hate my hearing aids and I love my hearing aids.  I don’t like wearing them.  They hurt the tops of my ears when I wear a baseball hat or or my sunglasses because they push the tops down into my ears.  Sometimes they cause the insides of my ears to itch.  But I can barely hear my family or others talk without them.  So they are sort of a necessary evil.

I was reading a blog about Pauls “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).  My hearing is my “thorn”.   The blog caused me to reflect about my hearing and how God can use ANYTHING for His good.

People have often prayed for me that God would heal my hearing.  I really appreciate it, I’ll take it anytime someone wants to pray for me!  I also realize how much God has taught me as a result of having to wear my hearing aids.  I believe God is like a good father, who wants us to give us all that what we need.  I believe he delights in giving us good gifts!  9“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:9-11.

But I never want forget the lesson of Job or forget that God’s love means that physical health is nowhere near as important as obedience.  God’s real love is shown in that there is something more important than our comfort and even our physical wellbeing (or Jesus’ wellbeing for that matter! who suffered and died for my wellbeing!).  In fact Gods real love for us may best be shown by His willingness to go to extreme lengths to get our attention. Remember Jesus teaching from Mark 9:43-48, it is better to loose your hands, feet or eyes then suffer eternally!

How about you?

1.   Do you have “thorn” that God has used for good in your life?

2.  Because of Gods real love for us, He can use anything to help us grow and sometimes allows us to be confronted with behaviors that otherwise we my n0t be willing to confront by ourselves.  When was the last time, because of your love for someone else that you confronted a friend because you were concerned for their wellbeing?

Die Before you DIE.

Here is the blog that got me thinking:  http://blogs.blueletterbible.org/blb/2012/09/11/what-was-pauls-thorn-in-the-flesh/

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