Do you remember the saying you may have learned as a child: “What goes up must come down?” Before you knew what gravity was and what Isaac Newton had discovered, you knew that whatever went up will come down. The opposite must be done to whatever it was that went up.
There are other opposites such as up and down. There is front and back. Black and white. Chocolate and vanilla. Good and evil. And I bet you could think of many more.
But just as what goes up comes down and what has a front has a back, the world will have love and pain.
Love is flowing through this earth. A love that shows God’s great goodness.
But then there is also an abundance of pain. Abuse, starvation, heartbreak, and much more can be seen daily around the world.
So why does there have to be pain in world that God controls?
The Lord made this world blameless and perfect. At creation everything worked beautifully together in unity. But sin soon took control of man’s heart, and ever since then, there has been pain and hurting running through this earth.
God did not want man to turn from Him and to do only what their flesh wants. God did not want to live a separate life from His creation.
He wanted everything to live in peace, unity, and love.
I like to think of it this way—if you did not know what up was, you could not define down. The same thing with front and back or good and evil.
If you did not experience pain, you could not experience love. You would have nothing to compare it to.
If you did not live a life with hurt, you would not feel the same about God’s great love.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
God is a God of comfort and love. He is your strength through your hurt and heartbreak. He is your love through the pain.
In His amazing love,
What other opposites can you think of to go along with this point? How have you seen the opposites of pain and love in this world?