Dealing With Pain



To Frances, my beautiful bride of 63 years.
And to our children, whose prayers helped bring us into the Kingdom of God.

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The purpose of Dealing with Pain and Hardship is very practical—to let Scripture stir people into action. The Bible says that Scripture is living and active. It can profoundly impact our lives if we allow it to. It has impacted my life greatly. I hope that Dealing with  Pain and Hardship will encourage all of us to allow Scripture to affect the way we live our lives.

I have sought to keep my presentation simple and non-technical. My brother (an engineer) used to say that if he could not express his ideas in ordinary lay language, then he probably didn’t understand them himself. I have tried to follow that example.

I have quoted and referred to a considerable amount of Scripture. I have several purposes in doing so.

  • As a lawyer, I like to document what I say.

  • I want to encourage my readers to read Scripture, and to read it in context.

  • I want to encourage my readers to check Scripture for themselves to see whether these things are so. (See Acts 17:11.)

  • I like to let Scripture speak for itself. The language of Scripture is far more powerful, and more capable of reaching people’s hearts, than any words I could write.

  • One of the things I enjoy about Scripture is the repeated discovery that different human authors, writing at very different times, have said essentially the same thing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I delight in the way different parts of Scripture fit together.

I sometimes refer to personal events in my life. I do this, not out of any desire to call attention to myself, but in the hope that this may help bring Scriptural principles to life, and may demonstrate that God’s principles work. Our God is a very practical God.

As a federal attorney, I attained some skill in interpreting a written text. Our understanding of Scripture must always be based on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Someone who does not have the Holy Spirit cannot understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14). But I believe my legal training can help me organize and present what the Holy Spirit has shown me is in the Scriptures. As a student and performer of classical music, I had a different kind of experience in interpreting a written text in accordance with the intent of its author.

During much of my life I was a humanist, believing in the power of man to improve himself by his own efforts. I eventually found that this was false.

In seeking for a more spiritual dimension to my life, I joined a New Age organization. After a number of years I left it, because I concluded that its teachings were inconsistent with Scripture, and I decided to believe Scripture. I later earned a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies.

When I left the New Age organization, I adopted, as a description of my situation, the words of Psalm 40:2 (NIV), “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Ever since, I have taken my stand on the rock of Scripture. I find it a great comfort that, in a world in which so much seems like quicksand, there is a solid rock on which to stand.

Everything I have written is based on Scripture. Some may disagree with my interpretation of Scripture, or may feel that I have emphasized one aspect of it and given inadequate attention to other aspects. This is fine; I encourage my readers to check everything out for themselves. But I do claim that everything I say has Scriptural support, and for that reason deserves your serious consideration.

The basic message of this book is both simple and Scriptural. Please don’t allow differences of opinion over some details to detract from that basic message.

May God bless us all as we seek to know and understand him better!

James L. Morrisson

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