Pain is something that not all of us can assimilate, many have not developed or understood it in its entirety and I want to talk about it. Each person assimilates it differently: for some, this can bring them courage or confusion. For others it can bring happiness, joy, everything depending on the state that this person is in, but something is sure, the pain is inevitable, no one can avoid it, be it physical or spiritual. The physicist, even the scientists, want to understand it and are just beginning to try to understand the point of how it is that the human being in its capacity can in the nerves have certain receptors that receive the signal, and these are sent to the brain, and the brain in its capacity sends this signal to the place where the pain is. And the pain is good, it is not bad, it warns us of certain diseases or something that may be wrong in us, and it is like a red alert that warns doctors to detect the affected part of our body.
Pain is given by God, this goes according to His Word, it is introduced by sin, and for the first time we can see it in the Word in Gen. 3 where he says to the woman “in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” Pain is part of being a human, it is inevitable. We as parents sometimes want to overprotect our children when they are going through certain things in life, and the more we try to avoid suffering for them, I think we can do more harm because it is inevitable, it is part of life, and the sooner we come to accept this fact, the faster and easier we will manage to face it. They have to be taught that there are certain pains that mom and dad will not be able to save them from. Maybe we can lead them, but they have to experience those pains, you have to face them, you have to walk with them, whatever. Whichever path you want to take, these are inevitable.
The human being is not a stick or a stone, he is not indifferent to pain; not every Christian sings to pain or suffering – but we are disciples of Him who instead of the joy that was proposed He bare the cross (Heb. 12:21). As Christians we must learn to accept all suffering through Faith. What can we say about the cries of suffering, mourning, defeats, and calamities of life and the ailments of this body? For the Christian cause that the prayers are raised, in our soul it could be heard like an immense concert of cries in her that is with lamentation. There, in that pain, raise your voice, raise your prayer to God. The soul responds to the sensitivity it feels, but it is the judgment pronounced on the pain, on the suffering, it is an evil that should not be—“in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” because of disobedience, thus we realize that is given to every human being. The man born of woman has a short life and full of troubles, Job 14:1. But in spite of everything, the Christian learns and is sustained by that grace, so Paul understood it, by joy, by prayer in Jesus Christ, by this promise by which he is praised and we ask for, Job 5:8—8:5; Psa. 107:19 “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.”
Prophets, apostles, disciples, and Christians at some point all passed or will pass through pain and affliction. This does not mean that we will be undone by that pain or suffering, but we are sustained by his grace, by faith. Progressively entering that place on the sacrificial altar and coming to the sanctuary of God, we discover the purifying value of suffering as that of the fire that separates the metal from its slags. We cannot deny its educational value, that of a paternal correction.
The pains and sufferings for the Christian are divine designs. Do not forget the sufferings of Job. Joseph made it known to his brothers his recognition of suffering, included by faith in the design of God it comes to be a test of high value that God reserves to his servants. They are lessons to teach us what God is worth and what can be suffered for Him.
There are very strong physical as well as spiritual pains, but I think the spiritual is the hardest to heal. Physical pain, whether it is an ankle or knee, can last for three months. If it is a small cut, it is healed in three weeks; but spiritual pain is a very deep pain that can pierce the soul, as in the case of Mary in Luke 2:34 “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” But here a sword was to pierce her heart. Ever since she conceived Jesus Christ, from that moment on just imagine the pain, the anguish, the affliction from a very young age even when Christ spoke to His parents as He spoke to them, “who is my father, who is my mother?” The times when he separated from them, from birth when she bore him with pain, and the suffering next to the cross relives that same pain, perhaps deeper when she sees Him on the cross of that prophesied physical pain passes to that pain of the soul. Who among us is exempt from these pains? No one. Christ was a sign, was the target of all, “This is a glutton, is a sinner friend of sinners, a blasphemer,” this is spiritual pain, it is a deep pain when we are rejected, when we are mistreated, when we they point out, they abuse us; they are wounds that mark people.
But there are also marks that we look for on our own, there are paths that we take that we are guilty of those spiritual pains, as much as the physical ones. The blows that we took in the streets for being mischievous, others for getting into issues that do not belong to us, but of all these things, I can assure you, both physical and spiritual pains, do us a good. If each of you can look back at all the mistakes made that caused pain, I have the certainty that it serves you also as a warning, as a signal, as a beacon that warns us, “and you walked around, remember of the pain you suffered, the blow you received.” I can be a witness, and each one of you, that the blows that we have received in life have helped us to walk more cautiously.
The world is not exempt from these pains, therefore Christ told us: “In the world you will have affliction.” But with Christ there is a peace, there is comfort, and even to that consolation Paul addressed when he asked the Lord to take away the “thorn in the flesh”, but Christ said “No”, and we as parents have to leave our children. We can give them counsel, but these pains are important, and in the end they always receive the consolation of God. 2 Cor.1:3,4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 4:17,18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” And even Romans 8:18 tells us that they are momentary, they will come to pass, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” If a sword is piercing your soul, it will come to pass, for Revelation says that God will wipe away every tear. So be as old as you are, whatever you are, if you are going through a pain, my recommendation is prayer.
Sometimes the pain comes without provocation, as in the case of Job, something inexplicable. What physical and spiritual pain! What a deep example, and do we want to run away from those things? Some want to depart from the faith for physical pain and even for spiritual pain instead of going to prayer. There is no healthier remedy than prayer in the midst of pain, either through physical or spiritual pain and those spiritual blows you have received or will receive. But in all that you will look back and you will realize that maybe there are things that you could do a little different, but in the end they will have the same result, because it is the way that it has been outlined. God is the one who governs all things, so you have no choice but to tell physical pain and spiritual pain, “Welcome, you are my partner.”
Christ said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee” and Paul says that that pain, that the tribulation you pass is important, is necessary so that you can transmit it to your partner, to the disciple, to your brother, sister. What experiences of pain will you transmit if you flee from that pain? How are you going to help them? Paul says in Corinthians that you have to go through that because that experience will help you to help them. So let us stop harboring ourselves in a harmful psychological way and accept that pain is a part of us, it is part of humanity. We cannot forget the pain, the suffering that the thorn caused to Paul, and despite the insistence with which he asked the Lord, He did not take the thorn, but said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” We must look upon these words as a lesson of the Lord, profitable, not only for Paul himself, but also for each of us, for it is a great consolation to know that the mighty grace of the Lord can counteract all our physical weaknesses as well as pains and sufferings. Paul has learned very well the lesson he will not forget. 2 Cor. 12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
The pain here in church is passed with Christ, whether physical or spiritual. The pain in the world passes without hope, and I want to be in the hope that God will help me. So do not close the doors, do not separate from the church, do not separate from the brotherhood of your fellow friend, do not exclude yourself hiding in a small room, No! You are not a victim, look well and start praying and you will see that God will get you up, but you have to go through that pain. God told the prophet Isaiah that Christ was to be “the man of sorrows, experienced in brokenness, and many hid his face from him.” They did not want to look at him, and perhaps many would not want to look at him, as Job’s friends told him, “Confess, you did something.” He who is suffering a pain is not because he committed a sin, it is already part of this life, it was begotten in the DNA of this body. “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” is part of this, then what are you doing with your head down hiding from those who can help you and sheltering yourself with false friends or with a bottle or other things that do not benefit you? Prayer, prayer is your strength, Job said, “Now my eyes see you…” he had gone through a process, and I am sure that by that process that we have to walk, if we walk in faith and under prayer, the sure things of the Word of God will be fulfilled: “My grace is sufficient … Not everything remains… My eyes will see you…You will cleanse my tears,” so pain is part of us, and here it is overcome with hope, in prayer, with Christ, because Christ is the medicine to take away your pain.
God Bless You