Last week in a Sunday school class I was teaching, someone asked about being delivered from depression. I noted that God is surely able to do so. But I tried to give another perspective on thisâ€”that pain may actually be a means of blessing. As C.S. Lewis observed, pain is Godâ€™s megaphone to rouse a dulled world.
In our culture, we have a tendency to be preoccupied with the alleviation of pain. But there is a danger: we can become so absorbed with â€œrecoveryâ€ from pain that we make this a higher priority than knowing Christ or being delivered from sin.
Do we find ourselves more upset with our discomfort than with our lack of Christ-likeness and sin? Our main problem is not pain; alienation from God and idolatry and sin are. Once we realize that God is not obligated to take our pain away (as Paul experienced with his â€œthorn in the fleshâ€ in 2 Corinthians 12), our relationship with God can be enriched and deepened. Continue Reading →