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Transformed Tragedy

Nick Vujicic, a man who was born without arms and legs, is a living exhibit of what Jesus said of the man born blind in John 9:2-3:  “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”  And of the terminal illness of Lazarus in John 11:4: “It happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”  What most people today would call a tragedy (and would have even tried to abort) is instead being used as a showcase for God’s glory and power.

So next time I experience some frustration, inconvenience, pain, or much worse—Lord, help me to remember that You intend to show Your power and character and glory through me.  Help me not to dishonor You by complaining, resisting, or giving up.

Throughout our lives we are always in danger of death for Jesus’ sake, in order that his life may be seen in this mortal body of ours. …For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever. (2 Corinthians 4:11, 16-17, TEV)

The Appeal and the Real Deal

This is the second in a two-part series on the temptation of Eve in Genesis 3. Last week’s posting dealt with Satan’s slick salesmanship. 

Now let’s look at Eve’s perspective.  What did she see (verse 6)?

–Physical appeal:  good for food.  (Hmm…Did Satan say “sinfully delicious”?)
–Aesthetic appeaI:  pleasing to the eye.
–Intellectual appeal: desirable for gaining wisdom.

When she ate it, did it live up to the advertisements?  What happened to her and her husband? 

— from their own selves (They covered themselves.)
— from God (They hid from Him.)
— from one another (They blamed someone else for what they’d done.)
— from nature (“Cursed is the ground because of you..It will produce thorns and   thistles for you….)

And pain
–To the woman: “In pain you will bear children.” (Gen. 3:16)
–To the man:  “In pain you will eat food from the ground.”  (Gen. 3:17)

Now, was it worth it? 

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