The great Christian writer CS Lewis, who wrote the bestselling ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series, penned the following: “We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
If we agree with CS Lewis, a follow-up question would be: what could be the message that God is so determined to pass on to us, to cause him to allow pain in our world? Consider the two inescapable pain points common to all – pain at birth and pain at death. What lessons do they hold from a Biblical perspective?
Pain at birth was put in place in Genesis 3:16, as a shadow of God’s own pain in creating humanity – a bitter sweet experience. Pain at death shadows God’s pain when his children Adam and Eve hid from him in Genesis 3:8. Our pain is a window into God’s own pain resulting from the choices of our first parents in Genesis 3.
God’s antidote or medicine for this poison is stated in John 11:25 (God’s Word Translation): Jesus said to her, “I am the one who brings people back to life, and I am life itself. Those who believe in me will live even if they die…”
COVID-19 and other painful human tragedies, are windows into God’s own pain at the loss of perfect union with humanity; thankfully, Jesus is the antidote that heals all pain; faith in Jesus, ensures that COVID-19 is not the end of the road!
Lord Jesus, watch over us, in these anxious times, Amen!!!