If you ever endured sleepless nights and agonizing days because of unending pain, the following reality is, we acutely not designed for this.
We cry, life is not meant to be this way. While in Eden. Adam and Eve experienced a life free of pain, insecurity, and anxiety. Suffering entered the world because of sin. Facing the fallen world requires great courage and a belief in life beyond this earthily existence. Pain and negative emotions can, if we let them, draw our attention to God and things eternal. At the close of his dialogue with God about suffering, Job stated in (Job 42:5) “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee.”
Death is necessary outside of Eden. Without it, we would be doomed to live forever in a world full of suffering. In Romans 8, Paul equates the groaning and suffering of creation with childbirth, not death. Maybe that is a clue about pain’s purpose.
Our pain, like that of childbirth, exists for what comes after the pain. Therefore, because we often forget that God knows what that is, it is not easy to trust him in the midst of pain.
Isaiah 53:4, “Surely, he hath borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. Nothing could be more senseless than purposeless pain. Through the agony of our souls, we experience God and may eventually realize that this pain-filled life is short in comparison to a pain-free life of eternity with God. Pain reveals our heart’s desires and show if our hearts are prepared for eternity with God.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the Glory which shall be revealed in us.