Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pleasure And Pain!

O my God, I trust in you: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me. (Psalms 25:2) 

It's impossible to pass through life without experiencing times when you cannot see your way through a deep valley. Times when the package delivered at the back door comes delivered in the ugly wrapping of death or affliction or illness or even divorce. . . . John Selden, the old British jurist and scholar, put it even more bluntly. "Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain."

You may find yourself enjoying the intermission. Today, you may be smiling. Your heart may be light and merry. Perhaps answers to prayer have come beautifully and deliberately. You are swept away in delight. But it's also quite possible that you are caught in the grip of affliction. You may be going through some of the hardest days of your life. You may be wondering Why? Why me? Why this trial? 

When you persevere through a trial, God gives you a special measure of insight. You become the recipient of the favor of God as He gives to you something that would not be learned otherwise. 

Perfect Trust 

Life has lots to offer us. Pleasure and pain is definitely a couple of them. Pleasure and pain definitely make an odd couple. To have too much of one or the other is neither healthy nor beneficial. Too much pleasure, we run the risk of being complacent. Too much pain, we run the risk of becoming bitter and resentful. 

When confronted with a trial, there will be lots more "growing pains" than there will be pleasure. The purpose of the pain in our lives is to refine our character so we can develop into more Christ-likeness. The pleasure that comes afterward is of immense relief in which we now have the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of the struggle and the pain that has resulted because of the trial. 

My dear friends, instead of asking "Why?", "Why me?", or "Why this trial?", we must thank God for having chosen us because He intends on using that trial to create a newer version of who we are right now by blessing us, blessing others, and most importantly, bring glory to His name. Periods of pleasure and pain will arrive into our lives if we haven't yet experienced them. And when they do, thank God. Thank Him for experiencing those human elements. Above all, thank Him for His grace to help through those moments of pleasure and pain. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).