It sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it – painful blessings.
Something that is a blessing cannot be painful. Something that is
painful cannot be a blessing. Right? Today’s attached devotional may
help you think differently! God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Genesis 32:31 (ESV)
31 The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
John 11:35 (ESV)
35 Jesus wept.
“When the struggle is over. Jacob is left with a limp that ¾ as far as we know ¾ never went away. He wanted a blessing, and he got a limp. Or maybe the limp was his blessing.
“When Jacob went to see the brother he had wronged, we’re told that ‘Esau rant to meet Jacob and embraced him.’ We’ re not told that Jacob ran to Esau. Why not? Because he limped. It may be that Jacob’s limp did more to soften Esau’s heart and prepare the way for the restoration of intimacy than his successes and wealth ever could.
“Vulnerable comes from the Latin word vulnerare, which means ‘ to hurt of wound.’ Perhaps Jacob’s limp was his gift.
“But it’s a gift that nobody wants….
“Henry cloud points out that it’s no coincidence that God placed our tear ducts in our eyes. They could have been in some less conspicuous place ¾ in our armpits, maybe, or between our toes. But God placed them in our eyes. He wants our tears to be out front, right where we don’t want them. We are vulnerable not by accident, but by design.
“What is your limp?”
[John Ortberg, I’d Like Your More If You Were Like Me: Getting Real about Getting Close, (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2017), p.169-171]