‘Unbearable,’ did I say?
I take it back, Lord;
Forgive me for staining my lips
with the world’s language.

What I mean is
it hurts—it hurts a lot,
and I am having difficulty
bearing up.

But I know
You won’t test me
beyond my ability
to face pain
Your way.

And in time—Your time—
You have promised
to bring relief.
That expectation alone
helps immensely.

Help me also to remember
that others have endured successfully
among whom, principally,
was my Savior Himself,
Who bore all I am undergoing
and much more.

It is He Who sets pain’s limits.
I must try to understand
something of the pain He suffered
for me.

That opportunity makes it all worthwhile
But there is more in this for me.
As at no other time I look forward
to the new body I shall receive,
a body weighed down
with everlasting glory.

As I see this
suddenly, thankfully,
I realize—by comparison—
my pain
is but a temporary, light affliction
that I can endure
for my Savior’s sake,


-Jay Adams, September 24, 2011

About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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1 Response to Pain

  1. Mom says:

    The way I feel sometimes makes me wish this poem was etched into my soul.

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