wounds of love

“Come, let us return to the Lord.

He has torn us to pieces,

But He will heal us;

He has injured us,

But He will bind up our wounds.”

– Hosea 6:1

In The Horse and His Boy, Aslan wounds the girl in order to save Narnia and to help her learn. We like to talk about God allowing things to happen, like Him allowing Satan to do stuff to Job and etc, but we seldom talk about God being the one who wounds us. But the Bible says it, right there in Hosea – God wounds us. I love the way Mike Donehey writes about this, here and here.

I guess maybe a distinction we can make is that God’s wounds are intended for our good, right from the beginning, whereas temptations or wounds that He allows others to inflict upon us were intended for evil, but God works them out for good, like with Joseph’s brothers selling him – “You intended this for evil, but God intended it for good” (Genesis 50:20). And maybe that isn’t something we can always discern – who sent it – but we can know that God’s hand is always, always over it, working things out for good.

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