Pain Questions

  • Nov. 13, 2017
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The other day Nancy wrote to ask, “Why does God allow me to be in pain? Doesn’t He care?” 

I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. The other day Nancy wrote to ask, “Why does God allow me to be in pain? Doesn’t He care?” That’s a good question. So, I replied: “Nancy, we live in a terribly broken world. Sin dealt a crushing blow to creation and we have no idea how terrifyingly painful life would be were it not for the hand of God's grace protecting us from more pain. But God does allow some pain to pass through His fingers to touch us.” And then I told her how I draw comfort in my pain… how I lie in bed and rehearse every Bible verse I’ve memorized and every hymn and worship song I know… and how I remember pain’s purpose: that we might find Jesus in a deeper, sweeter, more intimate way, identifying with Him in His pain. It’s an action plan that helps me combat discouragement, and it’s an action plan for Nancy, and I hope for you, as well.

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