I was talking to a nurse today who told me many patients proclaim, “I didn’t know it would hurt this much” when they come out of surgery. And they expect to be medicated until the pain is completely gone. But it is not always safe to be medicated that much. Sometimes we just have to live with some pain until we are healed. Medication is only to alleviate some of the pain, not necessarily to totally remove it.
That’s the way it is with our emotions too. Sometimes we want to totally get rid of the pain of rejection, depression, anger, hatred, emotional pain of abuse, etc. And that’s why I believe addictions are so much of a problem today. Whether it is gambling, drugs, alcohol, shopping, eating, watching TV or whatever one chooses to escape from the pain, many of us have succumb to addictions. I know I have my moments of trying to escape the pain of this world. How can we solve this problem?
Know That Pain Will Come, it’s a Promise
We were told there was going to be pain. Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Jesus was a man full of sorry and He has grieved because of the state of man’s soul who has not trusted in Him. He told us that we should be ready for pain and sorrow. That means I should not expect to be happy every day. I have joy because Jesus is with me, supporting me through difficult times, but it is not always fun or easy or pleasant.
Know That There is a Solution, It’s also a Promise
Jesus said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” He is always with us. He will never leave. He wants to carry our burdens. The bible is full of verses that comfort the soul. The greatest comfort is knowing that this fallen world is only temporary. One day I will pass on into the spiritual realm and live life with Jesus face to face. This world will pass away, but the love of the Lord lasts forever.
Learn to Live with Some Pain
Knowing that there will be pain helps me expect it and prepare for it. Knowing that it is temporary lets me realize that I won’t be in pain forever. Also as I grow older, I know that physical pain is a part of life. I seldom take pain medication. I just live with it for a while. I know it’s going away eventually, when He comes to take me Home to Heaven.