Pain in this life can blind and bind us to just keep going on, one day at a time. Our focus during these struggles to keep an eternal perspective becomes next to impossible to the natural “man.” Whether originating from neglect or cruelty of another, circumstances that harm which the sufferer has no control, some dark hour from the past re-surfaces with no relief in sight, or just the intense pain in physical consequences of living in this “earth suit”, we have been given the promise of
I Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” That is through his strength, not ours. In our own abilities we can and will sink. The provision is from and through him.
At these times we need to remember that God dare not risk the loss of the person in pain, which has cost Him the blood of His son. There are reserves of grace and strength which are lying unrecognized within us.Testing or temptation will bring these attributes to the surface and sustain us.
There are general rewards as well as specific. To encourage us while living with pain, let’s start looking at the general blessings that await us and what we can look forward to enjoying, forever.