Friday, 15 June 2018

Painfully Painful

Proverbs 20:30 Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.

      Laurell K. Hamilton, “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”    
      Pain comes in all forms. It can cripple a body, confuse a mind, and crush a soul. it can make us feel like we are the only person on earth. It can be a cruel teacher if we do not hear and respond to the lesson. Happiness does not create scars; it normally creates memories, and smiles but pain can deliver scars of all kinds.
      Pain is hard to live, work, and think with. In many cases, chronic pain sufferers end up existing, rather than living. Pain consumes the total strength of their mind and body while they try to get work done. Some people have to endure excruciating migraine headaches, while some fight throbbing fiery gout in their knees and toes. There is crippling pain of the numerous arthritics, plus the burning pain of cancers which are all screaming for relief. Painful seizing back spasms are described as being whipped and lashed with the cat of nine tails. No wonder so many self-medicate to the point of numbness. All they want is to alleviate the constant pain they are living with - even if it is just for a day.  
      I could not imagine having to suffer or endure pain on the levels or the length of time some people have to exist in. I have only had to deal with gout on a few occasions and the fiery throbbing pain could quickly be pharmaceutically dealt with and eventually controlled through diet. I am fortunate and grateful that there was pain relief for me. However, for some people, pain is their default setting in life. 
      I cannot fathom the pain the mentally ill have to live through. Psalm 69:3 I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching. I have strained my eyes, looking for your help. My heart does not fully understand the emotional soul-wrenching grief paraplegics, war crime victims, or street drug-addicts have to fight through every day. Pain is in abundance on all levels and is not prejudice as to who it attacks. Who will deliver us from all this pain? The Lord is able to help us overcome the pain in this world.
      Jesus was acquainted with pain. Isa. 53:4a But it was our pain he took, and our diseases were put on him. He suffered pain on all the same levels we have to deal with in life. Jesus was rejected, betrayed, maligned and beaten before he was crucified. He suffered in great anguishing in the garden of Gethsemane where He sweat blood. He has made a way for us to give Him our grief, sorrow, anxiety, and suffering of the mind. Jesus has opened the door for healing for us in this world. He gave Himself as a sacrifice so that we could overcome all the pain sin brought into this fallen world. 
      The Lord Jesus, while being crucified, was racked with pain and convulsed through the torture of the cross. Yet in those unbearable moments, He was able to say, "Father, forgive them." Luke 23:34 Jesus kept saying, "Father, forgive them, because they don't know what they're doing." Then they divided his clothes among them by throwing dice. The finished work of the cross gives us access by faith to healing for every part of our lives. 1 Pet. 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
      There is so much pain and suffering in this world that has been brought on by sinful men. Jesus, through His blood, has given us salvation and healing if we want it. It cannot be earned. It must be received by faith. We put our faith in the perfect and acceptable sacrifice that God the Father gave us. Jesus is that gift. Matt. 11:28 Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 
      In many cases, pain is a hard fact in people's lives, but the truth is that Jesus is the healer and can be approached so that we may touch the hem of His garment and be made whole. Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him. Trusting in the Lord and the finished work of the cross is the beginning of our healing. Let us receive all the blessings God has for us through Christ. Let us remember, Jesus took all our pain with Him to the cross. In Jesus name, we ask for healing. Psalm 69:29 But as for me--poor and in pain--let your salvation protect me, God. Amen.

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