H. L. Sheppard
PAIN IS GOOD
Pain is never fun. Whether it is sent coursing through every nerve in our body as a result of an errant hammer pounding the wrong nail, or gripping our mind’s thought in the squeezing vice of emotional turmoil, pain is never fun.
But, pain can be good. The needle that precedes a syringe filled with healing penicillin is painful, but good. The stunning shock of a hand placed to close to a hot stove is painful, but it warns the rest of the body to back up and move away. A well-placed swat on the posterior of a recalcitrant child sends a life saving signal to his brain that says:
“This kind of behavior will cause a lot of pain in your life if you keep it up.”
It was pain that taught the flesh of Heaven’s most Wonderful Child Jesus, the powerful principle of “Obedience.”
Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Heb 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
We often misinterpret the suffering we must endure as a lack of concern on the part of God. We draw the conclusion that He is oblivious to the fact that we are struggling and hurting. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is not only aware of our pain, He has already experienced it through the flesh His detractors hung upon Calvary’s cross. We think that,
“If God cared, we wouldn’t be hurting like this.”
But, of course, if we are to understand God’s purpose for pain, it must be put into its proper perspective. Pain sometimes warns us that the problem we’re facing is the result of our own making, and that we must turn around (repent) get back on the straight and narrow. Pain often precedes the remedy that God has in store to inoculate us so that we are protected from some potentially damaging spiritual disease that could cause eternal harm.
Are you in pain? Most likely then God is trying to caution, cure, or correct you. Either way, it will be good for you if you respond with thanksgiving and accept whatever it is the Lord is trying to teach you. Pain is never fun, but God’s pain is always Good.