Do you hate pain? Most of us avoid pain. And we should, because it hurts. We seek to alleviate pain in many different ways, but primarily with medicine. In 2010, pharmacies across the United States dispensed a massive amount of painkillers. It was the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone, two of the most popular drugs.* And to that prescription medication add the huge amount of illegal drugs. Clearly, we hate pain.
Have you ever wondered why we experience pain in the first place? What if we never felt pain? At first blush, it is a tempting thought. But pain is useful. Pain tells us when something is wrong. It stops our behavior before further damage occurs. Touch a hot stove and the pain makes you jerk your hand back. If you left it, you could destroy skin, tendons and muscle.
Discipline is also unpleasant. But parents discipline children to stop bad behavior before worse damage occurs. God also disciplines his people. Listen to Psalms 94:12-14, “Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law; you grant him relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance.” (NIV)
Notice that the discipline of God and learning his Word grant relief from trouble. Take time to learn from his word today.
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