My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. Psalm 38:7
David’s illness is unknown but one thing is for certain, he is in a great deal of pain. In this entire Psalm, David is encountering the properties of sin in his body. His conversation with the Lord is honest and vulnerable and he knows exactly where to go with his pain and truth. There is no confusion as David is walking through a great trial of pain and agony and much of it is caused by his sorrow for his sin. David didn’t turn to God in anger for his pain but rather turned to Him as his sole companion.
Where does our faith turn when we are suffering in pain? There are many physical trials of life which can turn our faith into a moaning match with God. We can turn towards God with blame knowing He is able to heal us of our anguish. But David shows us we can come to God with the certainty of our faith and we can be made stronger.
It is hard to imagine in the trial of physical suffering, our anguish can increase our faith. When we walk through pain our reminder God’s presence can carry us through. We can seek God and experience His peace even in pain and grow in our dependence upon Him. We can lean on God in our pain and experience a deeper awareness of His presence all around us. God may not take away the agony, but He will walk with us through it with His promise of hope for eternity. He may not give us an aspirin, but He assures us of His peace and God’s hands are the answer for our pain.
Today in the Workplace
Where do you go in your pain?