We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
“Pain is not only immediately recognisable evil, but evil impossible to ignore. We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities; and anyone who has watched gluttons shovelling down the most exquisite foods as if they did not know what they were eating, will admit that we can ignore even pleasure. but pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain (Quebec: Sazimat University Press) 57-58.
When I don’t understand why God allows pain in my life or in the lives of those around me, I give thanks that His Word offers answers. Notice in today’s Scripture that Paul despaired of life itself but realized that the suffering was to teach Him to rely on God.
Lewis portrayed pain as a megaphone to get our attention. Does God have your attention? I am praying today that as we add compassion to our generosity, that God will teach us to give thanks in all circumstances (including pain) and to rely solely on Him to help us through it.