When the Pain Hits
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 12/8/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
Sometimes our pain can seem more real than anything else in life. It can even seem more real than God's love. It can seem more real than God's grace. It can seem more real than God's provision. It can seem more real than God Himself until you consider one thing.
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith changes all of that. Faith acknowledges the existence of pain but is not blocked or inhibited by it or even ruled by it. Especially faith in a God who is, "...familiar with suffering" (Isaiah 53:3)
And that makes all the difference in the world.