Wednesday, September 11, 2019

God’s Megaphone

How does one picture pain? I just made a mess of a picture! 

“Blessed are you who are poor...hungry...weeping...” Luke 6:20-21

Jesus can say very strange things. How can we be blessed if we are poor, hungry, mourning, when people hate us or insult us? It just does not seem comprehensible! It is also puzzling to the human mind that there is a God of love but there is so much pain and hardship in the world, isn’t it? That is one reason why people become atheists. They cannot understand how a God of love can allow all the natural disasters, the cruelty, the depravity and corruption. 

But God is not only all powerful, He is also all knowing and He sees what our limited mind cannot see. He sees beyond the darkness of this world and He is always working to bring about our good. 

There is a young girl named Ashland with congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. CIPA is rare autosomal recessive disorder of the nervous system which prevents the feeling of pain or temperature, and prevents a person from sweating. Ashland’s mother prays everyday that Ashland will feel pain so she can live normally. Every day, Ashland is in danger, because she won’t even know how to avoid it. She can go around with a rusty nail in her foot and she won’t even take it out because she won’t feel it. Boiling water can be poured on her hand and she won’t know unless she is looking. Pain tells us something is wrong. 

The world is groaning in pain. Even the poor animals are in grave danger because of the plastics invading every part of our planet. A very wise C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world...No doubt pain as God’s megaphone is a terrible instrument; it may lead to final and unrepented rebellion. But it gives the only opportunity the bad man can have for amendment. It removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of the rebel soul.”

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