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The Hurt That Helps

Daily Devotional for November 1, 2014

Read: Read: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

Bobby shrieked in protest as his mother got up to lead him into the doctor's examining room. Lisa, his older sister, looked at him sympathetically. "Don't cry, Bobby," she said. "You haven't even gotten your shot yet!"

"I don't wanna get shot!" screeched the little boy as his mother sent Lisa a warning glance and urged him along.

After a short time, Bobby returned with his mother to the waiting room. "Look what I got," Bobby said happily, holding out a little toy car the nurse had given him. He wore a big smile as he set it down on the floor and scooted it around while his mother finished talking with the receptionist.

"Getting the shot wasn't so bad, was it?" asked Lisa as they left the office and went to get in the car.

Bobby frowned. "Shots hurt," he complained.

"Yes, but the medicine in the shot will help you stay healthy," said Lisa. "If you didn't get shots, you might get sick, and that would hurt much worse than a shot. Besides, the shot didn't hurt for very long, did it?" Bobby just scowled. "Oh, never mind. You're too little to understand," added Lisa.

"Am not. I know shots hurt!" insisted Bobby.

"Well, someday you'll be glad you got hurt today," Lisa told him. She turned to her mother. "Won't he, Mom?" she asked.

Mom smiled. "When he's older, he'll understand better," she agreed. A moment later she added, "You know, Lisa, this can serve as a lesson for all

of us. It can remind us that when difficult things happen, it's something like getting a shot."

"What do you mean?" Lisa asked.

"Like shots, some problems in life can hurt," Mom replied. "But we need to remember that everything we experience--even moments of pain and sadness--can help us grow to be more like Christ. If we could see things through God's eyes, we'd think about our earthly trials in a completely different way."

"You mean we'd think of them as helping us instead of hurting us," murmured Lisa. She smiled. "Okay. When I have problems, I'll try to not sound like Bobby when he needs a shot."

What difficulties have you experienced? Maybe you’ve been sick, had to go to a new school, had to get used to a stepparent or a new baby in the family. God wants to teach you something special or allow you to be an example of His grace. Even when you can’t understand why things happen, you can be sure that God allows the trial to help you in some way, not to hurt you. Trust Him. He knows best!

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 8:28 (KJV)
We know that all things work together for good to those who love God.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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