Did you know God is the Author of Pain?
God is the author of pain though not necessarily the author of injury. Like the smoke alarm in your home, designed to awaken you with a measure of sonic violence, pain is our friend. It alerts us to peril. In this sense it serves the same purpose as God’s judgments. This is one of the reasons the scripture declares God’s judgments as righteous. They are crafted to awaken us to danger and exist, among other things, for our preservation. As such they are an expression of love!
The judgments of God, like pain, get a bad rap. That is, they are negatively portrayed as the punitive measures of an angry God. What if we had the story wrong? What if rather than punishment God’s judgments were His last effort to alert us to danger? It is time to embrace the judgements of God as part and parcel of His ways. For even they are riddled with love.
It makes a lot of sense when you think of the concept of pain. God built into our bodies the capacity to experience pain. Though unpleasant it serves a very important purpose. Pain is a strongly advised ‘stop order’ to alert us. It effectively says, ‘you’re hurting yourself, change what you are doing’.
As a child I did not always understand the value of pain and wondered why God would do that to us. This conviction changed through a movie depicting a leprous man. His leprosy had killed his ability to feel pain so that he continuously injured himself, to the point of losing toes and fingers. He felt no pain and was therefore unaware of being reckless! Pain is an indicator of injury without which there is no restraint to destructive behaviour.
God’s Judgement are Alerts
This is important for us because God’s judgements are like pain. They are part of a series of communications from God by which we discover unhealthy activity. The quicker you heed their warning the better your life will be. Unfortunately, there is a kind of a leprosy coming upon entire civilizations. Nations and societies within them are numbing their capacity to feel pain. This is happening through the erosion of the Judeo-Christian values. Up until now our collective acknowledgment of these values has been a source of preservation. What used to be common sense has become uncommon. The result being we are hurting ourselves and are oblivious to the cause.
Unfortunately even the Church is resisting the warnings of wisdom in the name of shunning negativity. While it is important to restrain needless ‘alarmists’, we cannot fall into ignorance. The Epistles are in some places exclusively given to warnings. All of which are a manifestation of His desire to see us enter an Abundant Life. We need to embrace those warnings in the spirit of hope and promise with which they were given.
If we love Him we will embrace His law, His precepts and His judgements as part of Him. They are wisdom and the means to a prosperous life.
“Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:127-128)