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Lesson From A Toothache

“When I was a child I often had a toothache,” wrote C. S. Lewis in his classic book Mere Christianity. He continued, “and I knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something that would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep. But I did not go to my mother—at least not till the pain became very bad. . . . I knew she would take me to the dentist the next morning. . . .  I wanted immediate relief from pain, but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right.”

Similarly, we might not always want to go to God right away when we have a problem or are struggling in a certain area. We know that He could provide immediate relief from our pain, but He is more concerned with dealing with the root of the problem. We may be afraid that He will reveal issues that we are unprepared or unwilling to deal with.

In times like these, it is helpful to remind ourselves that the Lord “deals with [us] as with sons” (Heb. 12:7). His discipline, though perhaps painful, is wise, and His touch is loving. He loves us too much to let us remain as we are; He wants to conform us to the likeness of His Son, Jesus (Rom. 8:29). God’s purposes of love can be trusted more than any of our emotions of fear.

Thank You, Lord, for showing me my hidden
faults, for You treat me as Your dear child.
Help me surrender to Your cleansing work
till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
God’s hand of discipline is a hand of love.

Insight

A constant refrain in Scripture is that God chastens and that such discipline is evidence of His love and a prerequisite of our sonship (Deut. 8:5; 2 Sam. 7:14; Job 5:17-18; Ps. 89:30-33; Prov. 3:12; Heb. 12:5-8). But God’s discipline is much more than just rebuke and punishment. It includes nurture, instruction, and training in holiness and righteousness (12:10-11).

17 thoughts on “Lesson From A Toothache

  1. jcdogs says:

    And I just happen to have a killer toothache today. Now I feel blessed. Thank you Lord.

  2. bfitzgerald says:

    Thank you for this message.

  3. themace says:

    Lord, thank you for treating me like a son.

  4. ghost84 says:

    Thank u god for the strong words and discipline. I love you lord. I will be blessed in your word

  5. gabriel90 says:

    We as people never want to take the road that leads to permanent relief because we feel as if temporary victory from day to day is a commodity that we deserve, when really we need to go through before our victory to be a testimony to others experiencing similar trials! GOD I thank you for this word!!!

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