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Seeing The Point of Pain

Philosophy View of Pain Pain is localized or generalized unpleasant bodily sensation or complex of sensations that causes mild to severe physical discomfort and emotional distress and typically results from bodily disorder.

Biblical View of Pain And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4 KJV

Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?

Jeremiah 15:18 KJV

He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: Job 33:19 KJV Have you ever wondered what the point of your suffering is? The darkness of the depression that surrounds grief or difficulty can be so deep that it seems no light will ever penetrate, that no end is in sight. Job wondered aloud why life is even given to those who must suffer. It seemed to him that death would be far better than depression.

Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul. Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treaures.

Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? Job 3 :20-23 KJV

However, there was a point in Job’s pain. Job learned lessons through his suffering that he couldn’t have learned any other way. Job learned that he had an INTERSCESSOR and a witness in heaven, an advocate on high who counted his tears and could lift him out of depression.

Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. Job 16:19-20 KJV

Job also learned that God is the living REDEEMER who could stand upon the earth at last. Job seems to understand that he could experience life beyond the grave. He knew that one day he would have a new body instead of the terrible painful, disintegrating one he suffered with in this present world. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God, I will see him for myself, Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another though my reins be consumed within me. Job 19:25 - 27 KJV

Job learned about himself, that God is the CREATOR the power behind all nature and the one who cares for all the animals that he has made. They depend on him, and he provides for them. How much more valuable was Job than the birds, reptiles, and animals. (Story can be found in Job 38 :1-39)

Job came out of his dark tunnel in a NEW INSIGHT. In fact, he said I had heard about you before but now I see new with my own eyes. Somehow you see God in the dark in a way you seldom see him in the light. That glimpse of God's glory as Job discovered made his terrible ordeal worthwhile in other words God’s presence became more important than God's protection, close presence was enough.

God Bless You As You Read

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