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Ron Writes

Pain and Sorrow

Asaph was a great worship leader. He wrote a dozen Psalms that we have in our canon. In Psalm 73, he confessed how he nearly fell away and gave up on God. His struggle was caused by the prosperity he saw in the wicked. His faith caused the problem. He had the idea that if he was faithful, he should be prosperous. He was doing what was right, but didn’t enjoy life like he thought he should. The Psalm explains how he resolved his conflict. How he struggled to find an answer. If God had answered Asaph by making him rich, he would have never gained insight. Growth and maturity come through suffering and struggle.

Sorrow and suffering aren’t pleasant. And beyond that, our faith can whisper that if we were stronger, our struggle wouldn’t be so great. Like Asaph we can equate faith in God with trouble free living. This ideal of joyful faith can cause us to rush through grief. We must work through the pain. There’s a time to cry and express our disappointments and regrets. To ignore the pain or strive for a quick fix won’t bring us to where we need to be. Growth and maturity come through suffering and struggle.

The old poem summaries well, the idea I’m trying to make:

I walked a mile with pleasure;
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, O, the things I learned from her
When sorrow walked with me.