“ ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.’ Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” Hebrews 12:5b-7
by: Jennifer Mullen
For almost a year now the Holy Spirit has been “talking” to me about the shows that I watch on TV. I have to admit that I love drama…specifically reality drama! The Real Housewives have been my guilty pleasure for quite some time now. I can’t seem to get enough of the Giudice vs Gorga Feud! The Holy Spirit had been trying to convict me about the values that are promoted on the various shows I watch and about how unlike the Proverbs 31 woman I enjoy eating “the bread of idleness”. The problem was like a child I didn’t want to hear what He has telling me.
Two weeks ago everything came to a head…
In this season of my life, I have the privilege to meet with about a dozen women from our church every Thursday morning for a weekly Bible study. Our group historically has
used Beth Moore’s amazing materials to dive deep into the LORD’s Word. We are currently working through her study David: Seeking a Heart Like His. I have learned that there is NO WAY you can peer that deeply into the scriptures and not be changed. Each study has taught me many life lessons that rocked my world. This study has been no exception.
We got to the point in David’s life where he committed his BIG SIN…his affair with Bathsheba. (By the way…talk about drama! Who needs Reality TV when you have the Old Testament!) As I went through that week of homework, the Holy Spirit made His move. He continually brought to mind the issue of TV. Beth made a point that “David’s actions caused the nations to lose their respect for God.” My thoughts turned to my kids. Would they lose respect for God later when they see the type of shows I chose? And then the kicker. Beth said that there was a consequence for every sin. I thought to myself in that moment, “What’s He gonna do? Pluck my eye out?” The very next day I GOT SHINGLES ON MY EYE! I am not joking!!! For three or four days I struggled to open my eye. It had SWOLLEN SHUT!
That was the worst pain, short of childbirth, that I have ever been in. After visiting the first doctor, I went on about my daily business, but that night I laid in bed. I was crying because the pain had increased to the level that we were considering a trip to the ER. As I laid there in bed, the Holy Spirit reminded me of all of His promptings and of Deuteronomy 6:16 which says, “Do not test the LORD your God…”
On the way to the doctor the next morning, I confessed all of this to my husband. He could not believe I was going to give up my Housewives. They had been my companions for so long! The doctor gave me pain meds and told me to rest. As the doctor left the examination room he turned to me and said, “Oh, and one last thing. Whatever you do. DON’T watch TV. The lights are harmful to your eyes as you are healing.” My jaw dropped. I got in the car and told my husband. We both chuckled and he said, “That is your confirmation and your next Mosaic blog post!”
I found it interesting and very sobering in preparing for this post that the contextual reading of the “pluck your eye out” scripture in Mark 9, if you read just a few verses previous to it says, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” God forbid that I would cause my children to stumble for the sake of entertainment. This was further confirmation of what I learned in bible study about the nations losing respect for God because of David’s sin.
Is the Holy Spirit convicting you about a sin? Take it from me…DO NOT TEST THE LORD! But even worse, do not shut Him out for so long that you can no longer hear him. He shows you your sins out of His great love for you. It’s called discipline. That’s what a father should do.
***Disclaimer: I want to clarify that I am not saying all physical illness is directly related to sin. This is what happened to me and how God used it to teach me.