The presence of pain alerts us that something is wrong. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, he attributed the pain in his groin as a result of his promiscuity. Psalm 38 records his lamentations about the cause and effect of his physical pain. David’s pain, in this instance, was directly related to his sin.

Not only did he hurt physically, but he was unable to sleep well or be at peace. He tried to hide his deed. That was a pain reliever. But when he was confronted by the Prophet Nathan he had to come to grips with the cause of his pain. In the 51st Psalm he cried out “create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

There are some pains we suffer that are directly related to our own behavior and actions. Pain calls attention to the relationship between our present condition and our past actions. Not every pain is related to a past sin. Job endured considerable pain and suffering, but not because of a sin. He was being tested by God. His painful situation served notice that he was being observed by the creator.

In a similar manner it could very well be that some of our suffering may not be sin related but may serve notice on us that we are being observed. If a believer has a sin-based condition he or she should seek forgiveness. James 5:15 reminds believers that after prayer for forgiveness is offered by the elders of the church a sin based pain will be relieved shortly thereafter.

If sin is not the basis of the pain then “testing” is and the believer should pray for strength to endure. That’s what Paul found out when he asked three times for the thorn in his side to be removed but it was not. He was told, “My grace is sufficient.” Pain alerts us to the need to rely on the grace of God.

What are you passing through that is not according to plans? I trust that our just concluded 7days Fasting and Prayer shall turn to testimony. God will turn the tide in the positive direction for your good this week and sooner than your hope, you will shout “Praise the Lord!” Amen.