“Pain is "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage." It is the feeling common to such experiences as stubbing a toe, burning a finger, putting iodine on a cut, and bumping the "funny bone".” …. “Pain motivates us to withdraw from potentially damaging situations, protect a damaged body part while it heals, and avoid those situations in the future. Most pain resolves promptly once the painful stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but sometimes pain persists despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body; and sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.”
What about that pain which damages no tissue? Some pain hits places that nerves are absent from. Some pain runs deeper than a stubbed toe, a funny bone or a jolt in the gut. Some pain is attached to the soul of man, the spirit of man, the essence of man. When it gets that deep, Advil, Tylenol, and liquor can’t reach it. You need the power of God who dives into the unseen to do the unimaginable in ways that are unexplainable. He sends comfort!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Co 1:3-4)
Because the loss of a loved one brings pain that lasts beyond a moment, one needs The God of Comfort. He is eternal in His presence and provision. Only the comfort of God can qualitatively treat the issues of life and the proclivity of man to need comfort again and again. Here's the place where you can shout (A Hallelujah shout, that is). Remember that God is able to minister to you in your past, your present and your future. He is ahead of you in provision. He is behind you with grace and mercy, and He is with you by faith and covenant care. Take a moment and rejoice that with the pain comes the promise of God to comfort you in this season.
"Thank you Father for ministering to us by the comfort with which only You could supply!"
-Thomas CL Thomas
Thomas Thomas brings unique qualities and gifts to enhance the effectiveness of ministry training. He is a dynamic preacher but also a scholarly teacher who is sound in faith. His positive experience in evangelism and growing congregations will help to equip future preachers and missionaries for their task of expanding the borders of the Kingdom.