“If you are really following God, you won’t base your happiness on circumstances. If you start putting your hope in God alone, he will take away your pain.”
And where does God promise to “take away” our pain if we just have enough faith?
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that God is a healer and a comforter. I believe that He takes great delight in meeting us right where we are. I just start getting nervous when Christians start claiming that you just need to have more “faith” and the pain will go away.
Sometimes, it doesn’t work that way.
Did the Apostle Paul feel “happy” about the thorn in his side? Did he lack “faith” when he begged God to take it away?
Did Jesus dismiss the excruciating pain as he hung on the cross? Would the pain have gone away if he just had more “faith”?
I think not!
For reasons I will never understand this side of heaven, God purposes to use pain. In fact, sometimes it appears that pain alone can produce the kind of enduring strength that most of us long for.
So why do we think we are entitled to a “pain free” existence?
Could it be that pain is for the strong?
[For those of you who have followed the "Faking the Pain" series, many thanks. Thanks especially for your private notes and emails. No more faking the pain around here, ok?]