Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Pain is no fun.  But that's not the purpose of Lewis' commentary.  He introduces pain in a new way, and talks about how pain can be useful.  Pain can produce humility, by helping us come to the realization that we cannot be fully independent and rely on ourselves for everything.  Pain can be a major wake-up call to show that you aren't depending on God, and can bring you closer to Him.  Oftentimes people have an opposite reaction.  It's natural to blame God for the pain that is in our lives rather than trying to understand that God's plan is much bigger than we can fathom.  This quickness to anger is what causes much of the separation between God and man, because we are simple-minded enough to think that we could do a better job than He can.  

The simple truth of the matter is that we live in a fallen world.  Because we have sinned, we need to be reminded that we don't live in a perfect world and that we cannot function without being in a relationship with Christ.  In reality, we should be thankful for the reminder that pain can be in our lives and the blessing that it is to know that our God cares enough to keep us on the right track.

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