I’ve been dealing with a pulled muscle or something in my back the last few days and it hurts. Yet while dealing with it, I’ve realized that pain has a way of reminding you that you’re still alive but more importantly, pain lets you know that something is wrong. Think about it. Whenever there is pain, there is an ailment that needs to be dealt with. Rather it be a migraine headache, high blood pressure, heart disease, sinus or even a hang nail, you’ve got to deal with it in order to stop the pain. If you don’t, the pain will increasingly get worse. It’s the same when it comes to physical and mental ailments because pain is associated with it, letting us know something is wrong and it needs to be dealt with. You cannot allow pain to continue without dealing with the cause of it. Yes, you can self-medicate but then what? You can try to cover it up but it’ll still be there. Why? Because you’ve yet to deal with the real source of the pain. It doesn’t matter if you have a high tolerance for pain, it can still bring you to your knees.
Oh but I’ve also found that pain can bring you closer to God. See, it’s when we’re hurting the worst that God’s name slips from our lips. You know it’s true. When our ‘ailment’ begins to be too much, our crying gets louder. When our pain starts to beat us down and interrupting our sleep, our praise becomes real. It’s when it begins to wake you up in the midst of the night that you realize, what you’re doing for the pain is no longer working nor is it strong enough. Pain has that effect. So, whomever you are on today, reading this; you who’ve been in pain too long, you whose pain is getting the best of them, you whose pain is winning at this very moment; you may want to get the doctor on the case. No ma’am, no sir; not the one you have to call for an appointment, fill out paperwork, give them a copy of your insurance card and pay for the diagnosis but I’m talking about THE doctor who has never lost a patient. THE one who diagnoses you right the first time. THE one who can deliver a prescription that’ll work with the first dose. THE doctor Jesus. Aren’t you tired of being in pain? Aren’t you sick of trying to hide your ailment? Aren’t you tired of crying like Jeremiah 15:18, “Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?” Or are you ready to hear God say like Luke 17:19, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well?” It’s your choice?