This is our society’s response to pain. We inherit an extreme avoidance to anything painful from our childhood. Pain is not noble, rather it is problematic. So we avoid as much of it as possible.
From the pulpits of America we hear that God does not want us to experience pain. We hear that God wants us to be successful and happy. If we just have faith, we will get all of this and more… that is with the absence of pain.
But why then did God create us with the ability to feel pain?
“We need to thank God for pain in our lives because pain shows us that something is wrong.” – Rev. Larry Eddings
Pain causes us to change. It is the catalyst in our story. It lies at the center of the turning point in world history. The cross at its core is a place of pain. And when we experience the pain of a broken heart, or the pain of divorce, the pain of cancer, or the pain of failure, we realize there is something wrong in the deep hollowness within ourselves that our pain brings. When we look for a solution, its then we find our Savior, who suffered all the pain we do in order to sympathize with our plight.
God doesn’t call us away from pain but to it. To follow Christ often means to embrace our problems so that we know better our solution which is Jesus Christ our Lord.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
If you are experiencing pain of any kind today know this; God doesn’t promise to protect us from all pain, but He does promise to walk with you in the midst of it. May you know His grace and His Spirit in middle of your problems.
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