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Pain with a Purpose

by Danny Boggs

In January, 2005, Patrick Lawler was enduring a terrible “toothache.” He downed one painkiller after another and unsuccessfully sought rest with icepacks and solace in ice cream.  Finally, an x-ray at a dental office identified the cause of his pain: a three-and-a-half-inch nail was embedded in his head!

Six days earlier a nail gun had backfired as he worked his construction job in Breckenridge, Colorado.  Lawler knew something had happened, but the nail entered his mouth so quickly and cleanly that he didn’t realize the severity of the mishap.  Soon he was suffering and his vision was blurred, the nail having narrowly missed his right eye before puncturing his brain.  Doctors safely removed the nail in a six-hour surgery. 

Morally and spiritually, our consciences are often pierced.  Whether the projectile is our own wrongdoing or injustice that we perceive around us, the conscience is doing its job when it tells us that something is not right.

How did such an alarm secure a place in the human experience?  Across time and cultures, people have agreed that certain attitudes and actions are morally right and others are wrong.  Mechanistic evolution cannot account for our ethical siren.  There must be more to us than meets the eye.  We must be the product of a Designer who outfitted us with a moral compass pointing toward Him. 

Ignoring the warnings of the moral indicator built into us is a fatal mistake.  We are spiritual beings made in the image of the Almighty God (Genesis 1:26-27).  His voice still thunders from the Bible, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).  May we help you to know this holy God?