The Blessing of Pain

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AN AMAZING FACT:  Leprosy is an insidious disease that attacks the peripheral nerves, resulting in numbness and loss of pain sensors in the extremities.

One of the common myths regarding leprosy is that it is the direct cause of the loss of fingers, toes, hands, feet, and occasionally even a nose. However, the loss of these extremities is a secondary result of the disease. Since leprosy attacks the peripheral nerves, the body no longer receives pain signals from these extremities, and injuries such as burns and cuts are not properly recognized and cared for. The result is often infection, which can then progress to the death and eventual loss of the extremity.

Many would love to live in a world without pain. This is reflected in the fact that one of the fundamental values of our modern society is the avoidance of pain—pain-free dentistry, pain-free surgery, pain-free living. As much as we don’t like it, however, pain for now is our friend, at least to alert us when there is a problem in our bodies.

In Daniel 8, the Bible describes in detail the cunning and deceitful actions and attributes of the little horn power. Then verse 25 gives this amazing warning to God’s people, “By peace (he) shall destroy many.” The word “peace” can also be translated “prosperity.”

One of the greatest dangers of God’s people is to believe that “I’m OK; you’re OK,” when in fact we don’t feel our great need. After the Lord told Jeremiah that every one of the children of Israel was given to covetousness and “from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely,” He said, “They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:13, 14). We desire honesty from a physician after a physical examination, don’t we? Would we want anything different from our loving heavenly Father? Sometimes the honesty of our friends might seem painful to us, but we are admonished “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6). True friends have the courage to tell us the truth about our wrongdoing.

Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities. Psalms 141:5

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