We know that life is often full of hurts. It is unavoidable.
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
We also know that we will experience pain at times because we live in a sin cursed world.
…..cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
In life we will make mistakes that hurt us and others. Sometimes other people do things that bring problems into our lives. People say things that hurt. We say things that hurt. Contrary to what we may think, Christians do not always do what is right. That includes me and it includes you.
Although we know these things, it still hurts when people say or do things against us. The old saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” yeah….not true. It hurt when we were in grade school and it hurts when we are adults.
It is also true that it hurts when we fail. It hurts when we mess up. We know that we will fall at times. It still hurts.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins
When King David fell into sin he compared the pain he experienced to broken bones.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Have you ever been passed up for a promotion? Have you ever not been invited to an event of your peers? Have you ever heard someone say unkind things about you? Let me answer for you…..yes, we all have experience these kind of things. What is also true is that it hurts.
However, what is also true is this—how much it hurts is largely dependent upon how much pride we have. If we had no pride these types of things would not hurt so badly.
Pain and trouble will be amplified by a prideful attitude. However God offers an attenuator. An attenuator reduces the amps (or power) of a signal. God’s attenuator for our pain is humility.
It is no coincidence that the first of the beatitudes has to do with humility.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Humility is an absolute prerequisite to experience spiritual well being also known as being blessed. Look at the rest of the beatitudes:
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
We can turn down the degree of pain in our lives, not by avoiding it, but by turning down the amplifier (pride) and turning up the attenuator (humility). Pride turns up the power of the flesh. Humility turns down the power of the flesh and turns up God’s power.
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
By Brandon Tipsword