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Why is There Pain?

Good morning. It is Friday, April 22, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.


I want to talk about my tooth. Specifically, the molar on my bottom left.


Several months ago, the dentist told me I needed a crown. After hearing the cost of said crown, I decided I did not need it as much as she thought I did. But after talking with my mom, I knew I should get it fixed. I thought, “what good is a VISA card if you cannot use it for things such as this?” I made the appointment. I went in about 3 weeks ago.


I should say, there is nothing I hate more than getting a shot in my mouth. It is always as bad as I think it will be, but soon my tongue and cheek were numb, and the dentist got to work. She needed to take a mold of my tooth and then began to take off some of the existing tooth. With a temporary crown in place, I left the office over 2 ½ hours later.


That very night, the temporary crown came off. I called the dentist the next morning. They got me in that afternoon. I ‘assumed’ all that was needed was a new glue-job and I would be on my way. But, after measuring the tooth again, the dentist brought the horrible news that she did not take enough of my tooth off the day before and would need to go back in.


The Novocain did not work. Three times she tried to numb me before I said enough, just do what you must do. It seems because I had been so numb the day before, my body was not taking it the way it should. I sat in that chair for 90 minutes. It was not pleasant.


Four days later the 2nd temporary crown came off. And then the 3rd and the 4th temporary crown came off. As I write, I have no crown and must be very careful to not let any liquid or food or air, touch that tooth.


I don’t want to go back! I am tired of the whole ordeal. I am not sure which is worse, the pressurized air on my half tooth to dry it in order to ‘glue’ another temporary crown in place, or just needing to be careful. This last time I chose to “just be careful”.


My friends Guy and Carol gave me some Cloves after I complained of a tooth ache months ago. It works! I am not sure how I went so many years without knowing the healing properties of Clove, but it works. So, if you are suffering from tooth pain and cannot get to the dentist, try placing a couple of cloves between your cheek and the tooth. It should stop hurting within 20 minutes or so. It is amazing.


I think the only thing worse than a tooth ache is an earache. Or maybe they are equally as bad.



When I was a kid, I suffered horribly with Swimmer’s Ear. To this day I avoid getting water in my ears. The pain was excruciating. I can remember laying my head on mom’s lap and just crying when I was a young girl. One time when I was a teen, my entire ear canal closed. Even swallowing would cause a popping in my ear that would practically take my breath away. It truly was horrible.


Suffering and pain. Why do we have to suffer?


It is important to remember why there is pain and suffering.


Since the fall in the garden of Eden, we have been under the curse of sin. We have been subject to sickness and pain, murders and lies, evil and injustices, old age and death.


Look at the story of Job. The Bible tells us that Job was a good man, a man of faith. He had the attention of God. God knew he was a good man. The Bible tells us in chapter 1 that Job was blameless and upright. He feared God and turned away from evil. God loved him, and yet, and yet God allowed Satan to torment him.


Job experienced much more pain that simply a tooth ache or an earache. He experienced the kind of pain and loss that not too many of us can relate to. He lost everything. All ten of his children were killed, all his livestock was stolen or killed, most of his servants were killed. He lost so much and all within an afternoon!


God allowed it. Satan was not allowed to do anything to him without God’s permission.


Why did God allow it? I believe He allowed it because He trusted Job. He trusted Job not to curse Him. He trusted Job to be the example of a man of faith.


“Count it all joy, my brothers (and sisters), when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 ESV


We cannot look at our pain, suffering and illness as a sign that God does not care for us. He loves us beyond our human understanding.


There are many examples in the Bible of pain, suffering and death.


Paul told the Galatians that he preached because of an illness. “You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first.” Galatians 4:13 NKJV


Jesus’ own disciples suffered terribly and yet they never gave up their faith.


“Peter and Paul were both martyred in Rome about 66 AD, during the persecution under Emperor Nero. Paul was beheaded. Peter was crucified, upside down at his request, since he did not feel he was worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.


Andrew went to the "land of the man-eaters," in what is now the Soviet Union. Christians there claim him as the first to bring the gospel to their land. He also preached in Asia Minor, modern-day Turkey, and in Greece, where he is said to have been crucified.


Thomas was probably most active in the area east of Syria. Tradition has him preaching as far east as India, where the ancient Marthoma Christians revere him as their founder. They claim that he died there when pierced through with the spears of four soldiers.


Philip possibly had a powerful ministry in Carthage in North Africa and then in Asia Minor, where he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul. In retaliation the proconsul had Philip arrested and cruelly put to death.


Matthew the tax collector and writer of a Gospel ministered in Persia and Ethiopia. Some of the oldest reports say he was not martyred, while others say he was stabbed to death in Ethiopia.


Bartholomew had widespread missionary travels attributed to him by tradition: to India with Thomas, back to Armenia, and to Ethiopia and Southern Arabia. There are various accounts of how he met his death as a martyr for the gospel.


James the son of Alpheus is one of at least three James referred to in the New Testament. There is some confusion as to which is which, but this James is reckoned to have ministered in Syria. The Jewish historian Josephus reported that he was stoned and then clubbed to death.


Simon the Zealot so the story goes, ministered in Persia and was killed after refusing to sacrifice to the sun god.


Matthias was the apostle chosen to replace Judas and tradition sends him to Syria with Andrew and to death by burning.


John is the only one of the apostles thought to have died a natural death from old age…” (Source: christianity.com)


And of course, Jesus suffered the most. His suffering began in the garden the night before his physical torture and death.


Luke 22:44 “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” NKJV


I don’t think any of us have been in such emotional agony that we sweat drops of blood. Jesus is well acquainted with suffering.


I guess the question is, can God trust us not to blame Him? Can God trust us to remain faithful and loyal to Him and His cause? I pray the answer is, “Yes, always!”


I pray the words on our lips, at the end of time, will be “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 ESV

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