Lazaroo – Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mar 25, 2009 I Lazaroo.

“Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” 
(1 Chronicles 4:10)

Jesus, I too ask You to bless me, be with me and keep me from harm.

But do I really want more territory to manage? 

Only if it’s best.

In fact, if it will help sharpen my focus on You, shrink my territory!

And how dare I ask to be free from pain, knowing You use it to produce in me perseverance, obedience, righteousness, peace, worthiness – even freedom from sin?

All I ask is that You use the scalpel of pain only when there is no other way…

… to make me more like You.
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Proverbs 30:8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 10:29-30; Romans 5:3-4;1 Thessalonians 3:2-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5; James 1:2-4; Hebrews 5:7-9; Hebrews12:11; 1 Peter 4:1-2; 2Corinthians 12:7-10; Matthew 26:42

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

2 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    Jeff, I agree: “If we weren’t so weak in our faith, we would have less pain.” We bring a lot of it on ourselves. Even so, Jesus’ own experience with pain proves that even Perfection will know much pain on this earth. Makes you eager for heaven, doesn’t it?

  2. Jeff Says:

    Pain, it brings us closer to God . . .even when we want to blame God for it. Eventually, we find that we have no place else to go and bow our knees to His wisdom. If we weren’t so weak in our faith, we would have less pain. As it is now, pain is our friend, I guess.

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