Recently I read an article written by David Mathis in which he reminded me that the slogan “No pain, no gain” does indeed communicate a truth that can be observed both in everyday life and in the Bible itself.
He writes, “The pain of childbirth gives way to the joy of new life. The disappointments of defeat catalyze athletes to train with even more resolve. The humiliations of failure lead to fresh awareness of personal flaws, self-evaluation, and the emergence of better more mature patterns of life.”
Yes, some of the best things about life are forged in the fires of difficulty and pain. The Bible affirms this observation…
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
1 Peter 1:6-7
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
Not only is God working for our good in this life in the midst of pain, the good is not limited to this life; there is a reward for the painful trials we face when we get to glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Do you notice in verse 17 that Paul says the troubles are “preparing” us for the coming glory? The word translated “preparing” means “to produce.” Thus, our afflictions are never wasted and they can do us good. Gain can come from the pain in this life and gain is being produced right now for us in glory. Your pain is not meaningless!
Thus, do not lose heart!
I will not pretend that the afflictions of life (including COVID-19 and the destruction it is causing) is easy, but in this moment God is indeed working. He wants to steady our soul to ready us to understand the good that he will bring and to remind us that in view of the length of eternity, this current quarantine is a brief moment.
We have heard about some scams associated with the “economic impact payments” that are being distributed from the IRS. These payments come automatically to those who are eligible and no action is required on your part.
You can learn if you are eligible and how any potential payment will be disbursed to you via the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know.
His and yours,
Dr. Marc Maffucci
Quail Lakes Baptist Church has a variety of ministries for everyone, young and old.