Unique pains - Hope 103.2

Unique pains

By David ReayMonday 23 Sep 2013LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Job 3:24-26

24 For sighing has become my daily food;
       my groans pour out like water.
25 What I feared has come upon me;
       what I dreaded has happened to me.
26 I have no peace,no quietness;
       I have no rest,but only turmoil.” (NIV)

Job is expressing deep pain. He has lost just about everything. This is no minor inconvenience which we moan about on Facebook or lament over a coffee with friends. This is major catastrophe. Job is a picture of a person in pain.

We may not ever share Job’s pain in its precise nature. Fact is,all pain is unique. No bereavement is identical to another bereavement. No sickness is exactly the same as another sickness. Not only is the source of pain different,but our responses vary too.

Some suffer the pain of having no children; others suffer the pain of children going astray. Some suffer the tragedy of an early death; others suffer the drawn-out heaviness of a long and slow decline. Some are troubled by unbearable pressures at work; others are embittered at not being able to find a job. Some struggle to pay off a mortgage; others struggle to find a roof over their heads.

We can never entirely know what another person’s hardship is like. What we can know is that no one in life is immune from some sort of hardship even if they might be free of what hardship is presently afflicting us. We all have our struggles,and they come in different ways and in different seasons. And we respond to them so differently.

We also know that our all-knowing God understands what we are going through. There is no such thing as a pain-free life. There is such a thing as a God-filled and God-blessed life.

David Reay