I don’t like it.
The lengths we sometimes go to avoid it.
I like my doctor, I just don’t like to visit him.
I also don’t like confrontations.
But to avoid either of them can bring even more pain.
That’s when it hit me.
Pain is good. There is a purpose.
For my body, it serves as a warning. For my heart, it means that I care.
Jesus understands this. He experienced pain and suffering for a purpose. He knows. He’s been there.
Before a resurrection, there must come death.
Before there is hope, there must be suffering.
Before there is mercy, there must be sin.
Faith grows when the building blocks of certainty are placed brick by brick with the hands of hope. What rises is not a shelter for comfort, but a refuge from sin. It’s a temporary shelter that shields us from the elements until that time when Christ comes to take us home.
Faith acknowledges there is pain and grief in the waiting. That’s how it must be.
Comfort is not the dwelling place of a saint on earth. The Lord must not allow it. Pride has been implanted and ingrained in our hearts that requires its surgical removal day after day.
Pain and grief is God’s scalpel to remove pride and selfishness. And sometimes the procedure is done without anesthesia.
Either the urgency is too great or the pain must be experienced. Pain is a gift to experience His presence, to find His purpose, to uncover His will.
Pain and suffering is not something to run away from — but to run to. For there is Christ. His mercy, his grace, his love that desires to refine your faith with fire so that it may be pure and genuine. A type of heart that readily glorifies God and extend to him the proper praise, glory and honor.
God always has the best interest at heart and the primary objective at hand — to receive the goal of faith.
What is that goal? To receive salvation of our souls. To be with God forever in heaven.
For our goal corresponds with Christ’s accomplished goal. He suffered and died so we might live. Faith receives its goal by accepting what Christ has already done for us. His benefit becomes our benefit. His life becomes our life.
With this faith comes knowledge. With this trust comes true hope. With this confidence, we are obedient. We do not conform to evil, but we are to be holy.
Because that is what we are.
Faith receives the life of Christ and He is holy. His life dwells within us and we are then holy.
If there is no pain in your life right now — be concerned.
If there is not strife or struggle — then may that be of warning.
“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field: the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” (1 Peter 1:24)