Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Playing Hurt!

Recently, I was able to watch the last four minutes of the 2008 Super Bowl. It was an exciting game. Several times in the reporting of the game and interviews afterward, it was mentioned that one of the key players played hurt. He had an injury, but continued to play thorough the pain for the good of his team and the game.

I know many pastors, Christian workers, and missionaries who do the same. They serve, work, and help others, but with pain and sadness. They have hurt in their lives: sickness, inabilities, a child that is not walking with the Lord, an unloving parent, a relative who couldn’t care less about their life or ministry. Even though they have friends and people that pray for and encourage them, health to get through the day, enough money to buy food, they still have sadness, they still have that little hurt.
 
We need to realize that this hurt is the very thing that God uses to bring sanctification in our lives to trust in God and not in man. Hurt is simply a feeling, an emotion, and one of the basic tenets of Scripture is that we are not dictated in our lives and walk by our feelings. We walk in faith trusting that God will care, lead, guide, and minister to us in our need.

A great verse to remember during sad and hurtful times is "For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance" (Psalm 66:10-12, nasb).

So, dear brother and sister, continue to minister to others in your hurt in Jesus’ Name. It is the very thing that God uses in your life to draw you closer to Him and to bring glory to God!

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