The Problem With Pain

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“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. pain 5

C.S. Lewis “The Problem With Pain”

Suffering helps us redirect our focus. It shifts our thinking from immediate circumstances so we can listen to God concerning His work in our lives and our world.  Dennis Fisher- Our Daily Bread

As I read this in my daily devotional this morning I could not help but think about the pain in our world and in our lives. War, poverty, hunger, disease, crime, injustice, racial division, war, terrorism, economic hardship, divorce, broken relationships, broken families, addictions, sickness the list goes on and on.

Is God, as C.S. Lewis wrote shouting at us in our pain? I think He is.  I can think of no other reason for God who is good and does good to allow the pain, suffering in our world. Could it be that as we seek ever-increasing pleasure, that God allows us to have what we want, and still gives us the opportunity through the suffering it brings to turn to Him?

We do not hear God shouting, “turn around, turn to me, wrong way.” Make no mistake there is no neutral territory. “God can’t be mocked. What you give is what you get. What you sow, you harvest. Those who sow seeds into their flesh will only harvest destruction from their sinful nature. But those who sow seeds into the Spirit shall harvest everlasting life from the Spirit”. Galatians 6:7-8

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We fail to understand that the cause of suffering and pain is sin. We fail to understand that the pleasure we seek, going our own way, can turn into a curse that produces sin “We fail to understand that all is not right, that “all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now. And there is more; it’s not just creation—all of us are groaning together too.” Romans 8:19-2

Waiting for the day when all is set right. And in all the pain and suffering in the world and our lives, God is speaking. And He alone is the answer to all our trouble.

When we recognize and honor Him for all He is

When we recognize and accept His Son Jesus Christ as Savior alone

When we recognize Jesus sacrifice for all the sins of mankind

When we surrender our lives to Him

It changes everything!

“Sometimes God’s love feels like pain, but in reality, it is nothing more than an opening to get back to the life He desires for us”. Eric Kampmann


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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