The voice of today’s song may sound familiar as Scott Stapp was the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Creed. Scott was also a key member of the group Art of Anarchy which released 3 albums during their tenure. However, the song the Purpose of Pain got my attention after finding it on You Tube. The lyrics build upon the words of Peter in the passage below.
[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, 7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed, 1 Peter 1:6-7.
Scott looks at the events in life and asks the Lord, “what is the purpose of this pain that I’m currently going through.” Perhaps, Scott may have been inspired by the testimony of Job found in his Old Testament book. When Christian’s begin to ask the Lord daily in prayer, “why is this happening to me,” answers will come in due time. May you be ready to accept, grasp and understand the purpose of pain.
by Jay Mankus