By: Tim Sader
But as for me, afflicted and in pain— may your salvation, God, protect me. (Psalm 69:29)
Last week we learned about the benefits we receive from having faith in Christ. In Him we are formed, receive salvation, no condemnation, peace, love, good promises, become one body and are made children of God. We thank Him for these things and it is easy to see them when things are flowing smoothly in our lives but when the flow is interrupted we are not so grateful. Life is not always great there are ups and downs, danger around every corner that can trip us up. Life resembles a rollercoaster we don’t want be on for most of us and there is no hope for that to end until the ride is over. At times life is painful and the hurts seem to have stacked themselves against us. The type of Muscular Dystrophy I have does not in itself cause much physical pain but it is still painful in so many ways. I lost one ability after another. First I could not run very well. For a while I could only get up off the floor by pushing up on things. As time passed my walking slowed and I was unstable. I had to leave class early so I wouldn’t accidently get pushed over. I started falling a lot and almost everyone in my class had to watch and make sure I didn’t fall. In fifth grade they determined it was unsafe for me to walk at school because we had to start changing classes. The school said that I would have to get a wheelchair to use at school. Everything up until that point I handled fine because I felt normal on my feet. I knew I was different but it really didn’t hit me until I was sentenced to spend the rest of my days in a wheelchair. I could no longer hide the fact that Muscular Dystrophy was going to be part of my life and it wasn’t going to be easy. But as for me and my painful experiences, the salvation and grace of God has been with me and He has been my protection more times than I can count.
Honest words can be painful but using them to win arguments proves nothing (Job 6:25). The truth can be brutal especially when others use it against us. I’d go as far as saying the truth is far more painful than any lie told about us. Often it is painful for us to do what is right in the eyes of both God and man (2 Corinthians 8:21). Sometimes man is ok with things that God disapproves of and the opposite can be true also. There are things God says to do a certain way that are not right to man. Doing both is painful and only godly wisdom can help us accomplish it. Discipline is painful to endure but later it produces righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11). It hurts to believe our way is not always the best way of doing things. Children want to stick silverware in electric sockets but it could hurt them so we punish them teaching them not to do it. Discipline hurts them but a lot less than getting electrocuted; it is for their own good. It is commendable for us to bear up under the pain of unjust suffering because we are conscious of God (1 Peter 2:19). It is commendable to bear up under painful circumstances, be them just or unjust, in all honesty for whatever reason we experience them. Jesus was familiar with painful experiences. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and held in low esteem. Yet He took our pain and bore our suffering, He was punished by God and man for what He didn’t do. Still he was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:3-5). The answer to our pain is Jesus! He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away (Revelation 21:4). We have all had painful experiences if we trust them to God, He will be our salvation.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16