Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Parable of the Lost Finger

Blogger's Note: The following material was forwarded to me by my youngest brother, an ordained and practicing Seventh Day Adventist Minister.  Rather than forwarding the message by email which can often prove unwieldy, I find it expedient to give it further circulation through this blog site. The email message distribution list and forwarding history indicated that it was in turn forwarded to him by the oldest of his brood of three, who is a medical student; and that the original distribution was confined to their immediate family. I found it singularly touching that I got the mail as a sole recipient. It almost felt like I have just been adopted into their fold.  On the merits, I found the story worthy of a wider circulation. So here it goes, enjoy the ride.
Amazing: God Never Lies!

A king who did not believe in the goodness of God had a slave who, in all circumstances, said:

My king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes!

One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty losing a finger.

Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman said "Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger."

The slave replied only "My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows the "why" of all these things. What God does is perfect.

He is never wrong!"

Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.

Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made human sacrifices.

In the altar, ready to sacrifice the noble, the savages found that the victim did not have one of his fingers, so he was released. According to them, he was not complete and could not be offered to the gods.

Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave and received him very affectionately.

My friend, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger I was let go! But I have a question: If God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?

My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger.

Therefore, remember: everything God does is perfect.

It is never wrong.

Often we complain about life and things that appear to be negative when they happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and everything has a purpose.

Every morning, offer your day to God.

Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, to ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!

You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because he never makes mistakes.......

The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. It is the way of all those who trust in him, as he says in 2 Samuel  22: 31

Surely the message arrived at the right moment. May God put in your heart the desire to send it to someone. Do not be ashamed to send it to the right person. God knows, He knows why.

God is never wrong!

1 comment:

  1. Postscript: My checkered past, including that of being a self-professed Communist Ideologue, has rightly or wrongly, earned me the reputation of being a non-believer. I thought I had put that question to rest: first in chapter 5, then again definitely in chapter 11 of my recently published book, Flirting with Misadventures: Escapades of an Exotic Life. [C.f., http://www.flirtingwithmisadventures.com/aboutthebook.htm].