Pain is a terrible thing. About an hour ago I had a tooth pulled and right now I am dealing with the pain. I know the extraction was necessary because of the ongoing pain it was causing yet I am struggling to accept that right this minute. The great thing is I know that I will be better as a direct result of the suffering I am now enduring. As a result I am joyful and praise God for what I am going through.
James writes “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,” (James 1:2 NIV84). It is often painful to let go of something that has been a part of our lives for a long time (50 years with my tooth); however, we often know that if we don’t go through with the extraction of that besetting sin we will never be free of the constant issues it brings into our daily walk.
Now that you are ‘all in” celebrate the trials (extractions) because you will get through them because Christ is in you. I thank God for the dentist and his assistant who were the instruments used by God to pull the tooth. Likewise, we should celebrate those who are the vessels God uses to build our faith through trials to help us extract out of our lives those things hindering our abundant life.
No pain no gain. To God be the glory.
YIC – Pastor James L, Henley, Jr.