Posts Tagged ‘Tragedy’

25th March
2011
written by Cullen Webb

Have you considered that the thing which we pray to be delivered from is, in some cases, sent by God?

John 11:4
“When Jesus heard [that], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”

There are several reasons that sickness, grief, pain, and tragedy in general befall our lives.  First and foremost: we are cursed.  There’s no away around the fact that we are a dying people because we broke a simple and straightforward command.  We get sick.  Be break.  We die.  Nothing can change that.

But today I am writing about one reason in particular that we experience tragedy: growth.

My Grandmother has spent several days in the hospital recently due to a broken hip.  While she was there she told me an analogy (on accident) about apple trees.

Apparently if you had an apple tree that had stopped producing fruit, you took an axe to it.  Not to chop it down, just to take a hunk out of the side.  This forced the tree into a state of emergency to repair itself, while at the same time producing fruit again.

Tragedy can pull us out of contentment and place us into a state of emergency and reliance upon God.  Then we produce fruit.

Examine yourself before the next time you pray for deliverance.  God may be trying to tell you something.

-Cullen Webb

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