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Thursday, February 2, 2017

By His Wounds

February 2

(Genesis 32:25-31 NIV) ““When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. {26} Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." {27} The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. {28} Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome." {29} Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there. {30} So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared." {31} The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.””

(1 Peter 2:24 NIV) “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

Sometimes our wounds and scars come from an illicit affair with the world -- sometimes they come from our battles with God. Like Jacob of old, many of us walk with a limp because of a past wrestling match with the Lord -- a match we are destined to always lose. Our limp can be a bitter reminder of loss, or a sweet memento of mercy, depending upon our spiritual attitude. Instead of being lasting symbols of shame, God can change our scars into trophies of victory. The scars that we bear are not marks of God’s failure, but memorials to His grace. Let that limp remind you to continue walking closely with God. Like our Lord Jesus, we who believe are “risen with scars”. The wounds on His head, His hands, and His feet, are the means of our healing. Accept it. Embrace it. Testify to it. Glory in it! And by all means, limp on boldly in faith until that day when we all fly away. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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