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Lessons Hurt Sometimes

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I was skimming through some books I read this winter and a highlighted section in Steve Cases’ book in God Is Here stuck out and I wanted to share it with everyone:

Ever get your rear smacked when you were a kid? Spend a lot of time-outs in the corner contemplating your thumb?

Even though we acknowledge God as “Our Father who art in Heaven” every Sunday morning, it is hard to accept Him as a loving parent who must discipline His children.

Lessons hurt sometimes.

Maybe once your mom said, “don’t touch that; it’s hot.” Did you find out the hard way that moms don’t lie?

As you grew older, perhaps you hooked up with some loser, and all your friends and family offered advice to dump them, and you didn’t, so you got burned again.

Lessons hurt sometimes.

The Bible tells us: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Heb 12:11).

Sometimes God gives us a time-out. Sometimes God wants us to know exactly who is in charge. Sometimes God allows us to hurt ourselves so that we learn what we need to learn in order to move on.

This does not make God a vengeful and vindictive God. This does not mean God is punishing you. This means that God is trying to teach you something, and the more your resist, the more it’s going to hurt.

It’s like those finger traps common at kids’ birthday parties when you were little. Stick one of your fingers in each end, and you can’t get them back out, no matter how hard you pull. It’s only when you stop and relax and step back that you can ease your pinkies out of the toy.

Stop fighting it. Step back and look at the problem. Learn what you need to know. Pull your fingers out and move on.

Have you ever had a lesson that’s hurt? I could list a ton and while it’s easy to chuckle at most of these now it’s amazing the amount of times God has needed to teach me something the hard way or the times he’s forced me to slow down and “pull my finger out” before moving on.


Written by Ryan

August 13, 2007 at 3:32 am

Posted in Books, Christian, Steve Case

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