In the lives of many Christians, no dilemma is so difficult to reconcile than the experience of pain in a world created by a loving, all-powerful and all-knowing God. It is one thing flipping through the pages of your Bible to find texts about pain and comfort, and another thing all together, when you are personally confronted with the reality of experiential pain.
From the moment of our birth until death, pain seems to be integral part of our existence. From those going to hospitals to report illnesses, to those receiving heart-breaking diagnosis, from those going through the pain of child birth to those going on window shopping at the undertakers’ offices to find the most affordable prices to bury their loved ones- all have the same question: Why is there pain in a world created by a loving God?
David says, “He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet. So He guides them to their desired haven. “Psalm 107:29-30
The point is that God does not promise in His word to provide answers to all of our questions in this life, but to all those who have learned to trust God in the moments of their deepest crisis, they have found a comforting refuge and peace in the mist of their fires. If they do not trust their own understanding but turn to God, He has promised to lead them through their pain to their desired haven- and for me, this is a blessed thought indeed.
Dear Father, in a world abounding in questions but very few reasonable answers, you are the only comforting certainty we have. Please draw me close to You. Amen.