Having a daughter with paralysis, I understand the blessing of pain. Without the ability to feel pain, both physical and emotional, we would run headlong into destructive situations. The pain of guilt is a classic example. We usually feel that something is wrong, because something is wrong. We often feel bad, because we have been.
When our hearts feel those uncomfortable pangs, as with our feet or knees, it is important to stop and check things out. In our fallen world pain serves as a warning sign, and more often as a stop sign. The good news is, as with our coming resurrection, there is a solution for our pain. God is willing to grant repentance, forgiveness and restoration. And that right now.
I know we don’t like pain, but until our lives are glorified, we need the warning signal that pain brings. Perhaps we should thank God, that for the time being we are afforded the blessing of pain.
It puts a whole new perspective on the saying, “No pain-no gain!” Hebrews 12:7-8: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.”
Obey, and receive the promise of 1 John 1:9.
Thanks for all you do, Pastor Mike!
James 1:3-4 tell us “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it’s full effect, that you may be perfect ad complete, lacking nothing.” Why? Because trials are designed to produce spiritually maturity. There is no growth on the mountain tops but down in the valleys, there is lush green growth and that is how it is with us……..in the valley we grow spiritually and when we put our trust in God IN every circumstance, He pours out His grace. Not more than we need and not too little but exactly what we need and with that grace comes”… His peace that surpasseth all understanding”. Phil. 4:7. Having gone through the journey of cancer with my husband I KNOW this is true. My husband is with the Lord now and I can count it all joy knowing he IS with the Lord and one day I will join him. It is always “To God Be The Glory”.
Amen. May God continue to bless you abundantly.
A good word and great reminder. Thank you Pastor Mike.