There Is No Formula for Pain
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, June 22 2009 00:00|
There is no formula for pain. Consequently, there is no formula to explain pain—only types of sufferings:
Also, 380 years of slavery in Egypt, 40 years of wandering in the Wilderness, Daniel to the lion’s den, the persecution of the Christians in Jerusalem, the stoning of Stephen. And there are the sufferings of Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Asa, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Many despaired of life itself and wanted to die. Plus all the saints in Hebrews 11 who were tortured, jeered, flogged, chained, imprisoned, stoned, sawed in two, put to death by sword, destitute, persecuted, and mistreated. “The world was not worthy of them” (Hebrews 11:38).
Let us not be people who give formulaic answers for people’s pain. It’s tempting. I know—I’m tempted all the time to match reasons to people’s sufferings. Instead, let us bear their sorrows with them. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).
Yours for changed lives,