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Daily Word #6: The Protective Purpose Of Pain Part 1: No Pain No Gain

Why does God allow such pain in our lives? Can something good come out of that pain?

Have you heard of the adage, “no pain, no gain?” I know it’s true because I have experienced the pain of working out, or working at a laborious job. There is a story of a pastor who worked as a janitor for 7 years scrubbing floors, cleaning toilets, and taking out the trash for a big factory.

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He told his superiors that he could do it all by himself (but he knew it was only possible with God’s help, and prayed), but while he worked as a janitor, he also went to night school, and later seminary part-time, so during this 7year period, he worked a 40+ hour job, pastored a church, and went to school, nearly full-time for the later 2 of the 7 years. It was painful to say the least, but after all that pain, he could finally exhale and say, “I’m so glad God brought me through this grind”. He couldn’t have done it without Him.

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That temporary pain brought him a good deal of gain, including a biblically-based theological degree, and this was so that he’d know what he’s doing behind the pulpit. Did he feel like giving up? Definitely yes, but was it worth it? 100 times and more! He says what kept him going was what kept Jesus focused…the joy set before Him (Heb 12:2), although Jesus’ suffering was infinitely more than I could ever go through, but thinking about the coming of the Lord and the end of suffering (Rev 21:4) can better help us endure this life.

This is what kept the janitor/pastor/college student going.

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