And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Why Is There Pain?
The greatest joy a man can have is to know a day will come when the shackles of life that oppress, subdue and afflict the body will be taken away and an eternal relief is granted by the grace of God by removing death, sorrow, crying and pain. Four pillars of life are defined by the Lord why there is suffering in this world and a longing for eternal life. There are few who live in the world that does not experience the death of a loved one, the sorrows of life filled with endless tears and the pain that accompanies the body and the soul. All men will suffer; some more than others. There are many uncertainties of life but these are all real and certain. It is not a matter of if they will happen but when they will occur. God created the eyes to fill with tears because grief is a natural part of life. He made man in the image of the creature that feels emotions on an eternal plane that is torn with grief. Death is real and it comes to all men with no exceptions. Sorrow fills the voids of life in an endless parade of events that often go unanswered. Babies cry, young children cry, men and women of all ages and nationalities grieve with tears flowing down the cheeks because God fashioned the body of man to shed tears. He created the emotion of sorrow to help deal with the emptiness grief brings.
Pain is a part of the world for one reason and one reason only: the rebellion of man to the law of God. Sin is where pain originated. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden there was no pain. Their bodies were equipped for grief, sorrow and tears but pain had not entered the world of man because sin had not darkened the soul of man. As a result of sin, man experienced the feeling of emptiness separated from God. The consequence of sin was the loss of the tree of Life and man began to die. Adam lived 930 years but he died. Methuselah may have lived the longest of any known man on earth but he still died. Jesus suffered the pains of life before the cross. He knew what it was like to sorrow at the death of others when he wept for Lazarus and for the city of Jerusalem. His heart was rent in two at the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. Pain was a part of His life like it is a part of all men. Why is pain so important and why did God create pain? It shows that we are alive and it gives us hope for a better world.
When a hand is placed on a hot surface there is an immediate reaction of searing pain. This proves there is life and without this mechanism of pain the body would be destroyed. God put pain in life to remind man that he is alive. Pain teaches man to depend on the Lord and to know sorrow helps man understand who he is and why he was made in the image of God. Life here is not supposed to be a time of the greatest joy. If there was no pain, sorrow, tears or death here why would there be any appeal for heaven? These four realities help us see more clearly a need to be with God in eternity rather than living in this world. Men work hard to make this world their home when in fact this world is set to be destroyed and all its works. All that man works for remains when he dies. Happiness is not to be found here but in a world where pain, sorrow, tears and death is taken away: Heaven. God knows we have pain – He created it. When we see His purpose in our pain and sorrow then we can learn how to understand sorrow and to live fuller lives with His promises. “Great grief is a divine and terrible radiance which transfigures the wretched” (Victor Hugo; Les Miserables, 1862).