God Will Use Our Nation’s Pain
I hit an armadillo on the road one morning. My wife Rhonda loves them. I tried to ease her pain by telling her they carry impetigo. You know, that infection that mostly affects children … because the only thing she loves more than animals are children.
Shocked, she looked it up and quickly corrected me. They carry leprosy, not impetigo. That’s much better, right? Not really. I was in the dog house for the rest of that drive.
What was good about the drive was our discussion of leprosy and what pain tells us.
Leprosy and Pain
Leprosy produces skin ulcers, nerve damage, and muscle weakness. If it isn’t treated, it can cause severe disfigurement and significant disability. It can also cause blindness.
Proper diagnosis is essential to healing the sickness and preventing the harm. Here’s what’s so significant for us. It destroys the nerves and prevents its victims from feeling. They don’t know when they’re injured, which can cause infections to set in and the loss of limbs.
The moral of the lesson is there is profit in pain. Pain tells you something is wrong and needs to change. God teaches us through pain. The pain is not meant to harm. It is meant to heal. Without the pain, we’ll never be healed. The disease and injuries it causes will lead to loss and in many cases death.
A good reading of the Bible will show you how God uses the pains of life to show humanity something is wrong. From Hebrews: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (12:11).
And from Proverbs: “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (3:11-12).
The proper response of humanity is to humble ourselves, confess our faults, turn from our wicked ways and believe the Loving God we serve has and will always heal us.
Healing Our Land
God wants to heal our land as well as heal us. Much of the world’s treatments simply try to medicate the pain rather than heal the disease. Others want to heal the disease and are quick to add their pain to the mix, but they have the wrong diagnoses and treatment plan.
We have too many social doctors giving their diagnosis of the problem, their own treatments, and their prognosis of the outcomes. Those doctors leave out the only treatment that will truly work.
God and God alone can accurately reveal what is wrong and how to heal it. He wants too. This is the exciting news.
But like many people who choose to live in the chronic pain of bad decisions, America would rather suffer the pain and complain than do the one thing that will heal the sickness that plagues our nation. America refuses to turn to God and away from our wicked ways.
As Christians, we need to take seriously God’s promise to heal our nation if we turn to him. We must pray God will teach America the profit of this pain so our nation can return to him and be healed. We must pray that our nation will heed God’s diagnosis and treatment plan. If we don’t, the prognosis is death.
Great Profit in Pain
For the wise, there is great profit in pain. It is the motivator for change. Are we wise? Will America as a nation prove to be wise? We must pray that we learn from our pain and turn to God.
As we gather this coming weekend to celebrate our nation’s independence from tyranny and injustice, I hope you will join me in praying that each one of us will seek God, choose to change and become agents of change for our nation. Let us pledge ourselves to depend on God for true liberty and justice for all.
John Yeatts is the Campus Pastor of LIFE Outreach International and the National Coordinator of Churches for LIFE. He has served in full time ministry for 30 years, 15 of those years in the role of a pastor to the local church. He is a husband of 29 years and father of three children. John and his family recently planted TEXOMA Bible Fellowship in Whitesboro, Texas.