Point 3 is one of those “that’s easy for you to say” kind of points. As I considered this topic, I came across a current IMB missionary in
Susan Reed went on to serve in
This is what I humbly learn from Susan’s painful story.
Point #3 – In reaction to pain, we must choose faith.
Job stands as an example of a man who lost everything. He had just been informed that his children were killed, profits stolen, and buildings destroyed. Here is his response:
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“ Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
My mother always says “It is easy to have faith for someone else but difficult to have it for yourself.”
It is also difficult to have it for those we love. So we’ve learned that pain is an attention getter and forces us to attend to our body and our soul. We’ve also learned that sometimes pain is in God’s plan. (I do not profess to understand it!)
Today we learn that when we experience pain that we can only respond with faith – because when we or someone we know is hurting – an explanation just doesn’t cut it!
In fact, that was the problem with Job’s friends – they were full of explanations and no sympathy! They thought there was a reason but guess what – there wasn’t a reason that could be understood this side of heaven!
A rewarder? Why not just heal me? Why not just heal my parents or my spouse or my friend – that’s all I want.
Any healing is only temporary, for until Jesus returns, we all must die when it is time. We’re created to want to preserve ourselves. We do not like change. We don’t like pain but we fear death.
Lord, thank you so very much for loving us. Thank you that your Son understands the greatest of physical and spiritual pain. Please allow each of us to comfort those in our lives who are experiencing pain. We wrestle with uncertainty and doubt, Lord because we are human. Help us to focus on You and remember that Your promises are true and sometimes we will not understand things this side of heaven. Lord, thank you for the example of faithful missionary Susan Reed as she watched her precious daughter die. Encourage and help her in