The Inevitable Result of Rejecting God

We’ve learned an incredible amount about the human body, but we still don’t know what the appendix does. We’ve sent people to the moon, yet the appendix remains a mystery – a profound testament to the complexity of the human body. The only time we talk about the appendix is when it becomes inflamed (appendicitis).

I’ve known a few people who’ve had appendicitis and the pain sounds severe, but let me ask, is this pain a good thing? Undoubtedly yes. Without the pain, there would be no indication that the appendix could burst, which would cause serious damage, and if left untreated, could be fatal. But, if the appendix is removed before it bursts, there are no long-term symptoms. The intense pain is a signal that something is wrong and provides an opportunity to act before serious damage is done.

Now obviously, it would be better if appendixes never burst, but unfortunately, this is not reality. Appendixes do burst, and as long as they do, the pain of an inflamed appendix is a good thing.

Does this concept translate to the world at large?

Pain is all around us: pain from selfish decisions, pain from broken relationships, pain from warring nations seeking to gain power, etc. Once again, it would be better if these weren’t realities, but they are, and they are symptoms of a deeper root problem. If we want to cure the symptoms, we need to address the problem, and the problem is that we have rejected God.

Only God is a worthy king, so when we submit to anyone or anything else, suffering is the inevitable result. If we don’t address this root issue, we will never remove the pain. King David understood this when he wrote Psalm 63.

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

When we rejected God, we were separated from him. Until we find ourselves fully reconciled to his presence, we will never escape pain and suffering. As Christians, while we wait and long for that day, may the suffering of the world be a reminder of our need for God.

On a practical note, we need to acknowledge something can be good but still difficult. Yes we should understand that God uses pain to draw us closer to him, but we still should show compassion to someone suffering. Compassion means to suffer with. When we have compassion on others, we are drawn close to God together.

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