Two sides of pain

On one side, distress comes as common every day struggles of life: Sickness, debt, sorrows, and opposition. Although these are common for most people, we feel that we have more than others. 

Then we begin to wonder if God is punishing or disciplining us. We think of all the things we’ve done to deserve such punishment. We wonder: What if I could have done better?

Sometimes, the pain turns to grief. The psalmist said:

“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I dreanched my couch with weeping. My eyes waste away fecause of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes” (Ps 6:6-7). 

Then quickly he turns around and shows his trust in God: 

“Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping” (Ps. 6:8).

This is the other side of pain. In the midst of our distress, we realize that God sees us and hears our groaning. Yes, there are two sides to pain. 

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