Our pastor explained pain is the great equalizer. No one is able to escape it. Pain can get us stuck in a cycle of the past while others move forward or we become paralyzed. Pain causes us to internalize a hurt and transfer it to our identity. God calls us to identify a hurt and transfer it to him. (listen to the whole sermon here)
Matthew 17:14-20 identifies a wilderness season. A child was possessed by a demon which caused him to become ill and act like a lunatic. The disciples were unable to call out the demon even though by this time they had seen Jesus do so.
“When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”