I am in a season of inflicting pain.
It has been a long time since I inflicted so much, and so deep.
Pain like this is a double edged sword, cutting also the one who wields it.
He has mostly protected my heart, surrounding it in a protective cacoon, distancing it from the hurt enough to be survivable.
This morning I prayed about it. I asked forgiveness for the pain I am causing, and gave thanks and praise for how He is already working through it in the one who is the target.
How strange it seems to feel both. How strange it is that He works through pain so much.
thinking on the topic of pain and suffering i was reminded of this said by Peter Kreeft;
Peter Kreeft said - - "God came to the earth to deliberately "put himself on the hook" for human suffering through his life and eventual death on the cross."
Jesus came on a rescue mission for creation. He had to pay for our sins so that someday he could end evil and suffering - - without ending us.....
These bad things happened to you because I intend to work it together for your good (Romans 8).
These happened so that you would rely more on God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1).
This happened so that the gold and silver of your faith would be refined (1 Peter 1).
This thorn is so that the power of Christ would be magnified in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12).
God cannot make plain all he is doing, because there are millions and millions and millions and millions of effects of every event in our lives, the good and the bad. God guides them all. They all have micro purposes and macro purposes. He cannot tell us all of them because our brains can’t hold all of them.
Trust does not demand more than God has told us. And he has given us immeasurably precious promises that he is in control of all things and only does good to his children. And he has given us a very thick book where we can read story after story after story about how he rules for the good of his people.
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