What Is The Benefit Of Pain?
Physical pain is a funny thing. Not funny as in causing laughter, but it’s perplexing. It takes over my thoughts and actions. Everything I do is subject to this pain. I must slow down. I am forced to not be hasty or swift but to take it easy. Perhaps this is a message? Am I moving too fast? Am I getting ahead of myself – or worse, am I getting ahead of God?
It’s easy to feel like I’ve heard from God and then to plow forward with my own plans. “Okay Lord, I can take it from here.” But it’s important to seek after God’s will everyday.
Yesterday, I felt the nudging from God to spend time with Him and seek after His will. I listened and I did as He instructed. But today is a new day. I must seek after God again today. “Lord, what will You have me do today?” And I must listen for Him again tomorrow.
God does not just give me a command and then say, “Off you go to figure out how to do it.” No, He provides everything – what to do and how to do it.
Just as His mercies are new each day, His plan for me is new each day. I need to focus and listen for Him. Not just once a week on Sunday at church. But I must seek after His voice every day through prayer and Bible reading. I need to make God my partner, not just my boss. God wants to help direct and guide me. I need to focus my energies on listening for His voice.
Through this physical pain, I am reminded that I need to slow down and get back to seeking God’s Word. I need to spend quiet time with Him.
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body (Proverbs 4:20-22 NIV).
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