Join us this Thursday night for our June Men’s Fellowship Night, with Pastor Don Meckley. Pastor Don serves as Senior Pastor at Emmanuel Church in Bayville, NJ. Call today for more information and to register. Dinner starts at 6:15 PM followed by the program. Call 800-453-7942.
Pain is For a Reason
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18)
Since being gracefully redeemed, and since God has chosen to use me in many aspects in people’s lives, I realized that when dealing with a broken world, it’s natural for me to be available for broken people, myself included. However, I’ve noticed that usually people’s biggest concerns are typically ‘How the big bad world is treating me’ or ‘Woe is me.’
C. S. Lewis mentions, “Nothing will shake a man-or at any rate a man like me-out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.”
I hear words like “it’s not fair,” “why would God allow such a thing,” “it’s the wife you gave me…” Sound familiar?! I get it, life is tough, and the world has a way of blaming God. I see all the controversy dealing with Bruce Jenner. Everyone should be happy, and they will stop at nothing to accomplish it. The problem is that many have already done this. The world and the trials of life are just ‘momentary afflictions’ and trust me, the groans and pains of this world are for a reason.
I was reading an article about a girl in Georgia that acquired a rare disease that didn’t allow her to feel pain. Many would probably think this to be a good thing. Contrary, her mother prays that she can have the ability to feel pain. She has no indicator to reveal when something is wrong with her, therefore she needs consistent supervision. Her mother says pain is for a reason.
The light momentary affliction is there for a reason. Yes we can learn many lessons in our pain, and yes it’s a consequence of a fallen world. But most of all in our affliction we grasp a great need for God. Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and now serves full-time at the Colony as a Chaplain
Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 12-14; Matthew 22:23-46
Think About This: Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others. Oswald Chambers
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Psalm 32:10