Thursday, April 5, 2007

The positive side of pain

Right now I’m hurting a lot.  It’s been a source of frustration because it prevents me from doing, thinking, sleeping and just plain being.  On the other hand, when you have pain to deal with you don’t live too far into the future.  Your attention is riveted in the present and your sense of need for help and your healthy dependency on the Lord’s care keeps driving you in a very basic way to His arms.  Isn’t it wonderful that He not only inhabits the praises, but also the pain of His people?  I love it when the Lord gives victory, provides our needs, and ultimately demonstrates His power to heal.  I’m learning to love Him in the midst of pain because it is an intimate time of curling up next to Jesus.


2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.


I just remembered this is Good Friday…the day when the pain endured by Jesus purchased our eternal life.  Praise the Lord for our courageous savior!!


Blessings and thanks for praying!


Rob Smith

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