The word “pain” or some form of it appears over 70 times in Scripture. The word’s first usage explains the origin of pain in childbirth: “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” Genesis 3:16. The truth here is that Adam and Eve had sinned and the pain of childbirth is one of the consequences of sin. Because of sin, the whole earth was cursed, and death entered in as a result (Romans 5:12). Therefore, it may be concluded that pain is one of the many results of the original sin.
Pain is a gift from God though it is not stated that way in the Bible. Without pain we would not know when we are hurting and need medical help. The absence of pain is one the of the problems associated with Leprosy. Definition of Leprosy: Symptoms that develop include granulomas of the nerves, respiratory tract, skin, and eyes. This may result in a lack of ability to feel pain and thus loss of parts of extremities due to repeated injuries. Weakness and poor eyesight may also be present. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia].
Just a few days ago I suffered some severe pain in my body. I reached out to touch something and excruciating pain gripped my right arm. I danced around for a few moments and then it stopped (must have been the dance). I called the chiropractor and got an appointment, but I was having difficulty getting undressed to get ready for the appointment. My head and arm were caught in my sweat shirt as I was attempting to remove them. Oh, the pain! Again, the dance started and I began to call out to God for help. While crying out in pain, these were my thoughts; “Here I am struck in this sweat shirt and no one can hear my cries or come to my rescue. Oh, it hurts! What will I do, if I can’t get unstuck?” It all seems so trite, but in reality, it truly was quite agonizing. Finally, the pain subsided and I did get my arm out of my sweat shirt and was able to take it off over my head–––making it to my doctor appointment right on time. I am so thankful for God’s kindness towards me in relieving that awful pain. This a small example of the Lord’s wonderful grace and mercy poured out on me that troublesome morning. (I later learned that the pain I was experiencing was caused by a pinched nerve in my neck).
Pain provides one an opportunity to experience God’s marvelous grace. Consider what Paul said: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul was speaking of a “thorn in his flesh” that troubled him. We don’t know for sure what it was, but it seemed to have been painful for Paul. God’s grace was being given to Paul so he could endure the pain. God will give His children the grace to bear pain physically, emotionally, or spiritually. The really good news is that, “... God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away, (Revelation 21:4). The pain we experience here in this fallen sin-cursed world will be done away with for those who, through faith in Christ, spend eternity in heaven with Him.
Thought: Can we truly thank God for our pain when in the midst of suffering it can be quite difficult? God assures us that His grace is sufficient, enough, for these unbearable times. His grace gives strength, durability, resilience, and endurance when our strength is spent–––His grace is constantly available. Though our request for deliverance from pain may be denied, He will continually supply us with His grace to endure that we may honor Him in and through our infirmities.