Yesterday I passed by a billboard for a pain clinic that read “Live pain free.” Of course I know what they meant by it, since it’s a pain clinic and all. There are millions of hurting people who suffer from bodily pain that need some sort of management if there is no cure for what is causing the pain. That being said, the wording still struck me as I read it. Live pain free. Is there such a thing as a pain-free life?
Though the billboard was simply referring to alleviating pain that’s causing suffering, there are many people who are chasing after a life free from ALL pain. We have pills for everything, entertainment everywhere you turn to numb your mind and free you from the cares of this life. Yes, many people think there is such a life. A life free from pain.
We may have moments where we aren’t facing any particular problems or difficulties. There are times of happiness for all of us. But none of us will live completely free from any suffering, and it’s best if we acknowledge that instead of trying to fake our way to happiness. This isn’t a glum post, though. It’s not meant to bring you down and depress you. There’s good news in all of this too.
Jesus told His disciples, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT) We can’t do anything to keep pain from entering into our lives. We can’t overcome sorrow. But there is one who has overcome all of it. His name is Jesus and He brings true freedom. In Him there’s peace. We’ll still have times of pain, but we have His peace as we go through it. We will still have to suffer at times, but we know that we’ll have victory of it because of Him.
And one day, when life on earth has ceased, there will be no more pain and no more sorrow, because we’ll be in His presence.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4 NLT) We have this to look forward to.
For now, if you’re in pain and it’s too much to bear, talk to someone. Reach out to your local church, and if you don’t have one or don’t know where to turn, contact me.