Circumcision wasn’t always as popular as it is today, and for good reason. Perhaps one of those reasons would be the pain involved, especially if done when the subject is no longer a child.
Genesis 34 tells the story of how Levi and Simeon (two men) sacked a whole city and the surrounding fields, killed all the men, and took captives of wives and children, taking advantage of the fact that all the men of the city had gotten circumcised three days prior, in accordance with a “peace deal” they had signed with the House of Jacob.
Imagine being so incapacitated by pain that you can neither run, nor stand to defend yourself from death. So yes, circumcision is a really painful thing. But even in the pain of circumcision, there’s some significance.
We already established that the practice of circumcision was a foreshadowing of how God now seeks to seperate His chosen ones from the rest of the world by performing a circumcision not made by human hands on the foreskin of our hearts. A spiritual procedure that changes us from the inside, and enables us to live lives that please God and is appreciable to people. This won’t happen without some pain.
When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.Colossians 2:11
As the quick and powerful Word of God and working of the Holy Spirit within, sets to seperating the believer from their carnal self, it is expected that there be some pain. This pain could come in the form of saying “No!” to the exact thing your very body is screaming for, or in the intense sadness that is associated with setting contrary friends aside or in some other way. We must understand that it’s all part of the process.
“and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”Malachi 3:2
God has promised to Sit, and watch over us as He purifies us. His aim is to make sure the reality of our daily lives matches the reality of who we are in Christ Jesus- a people who are called apart and are able to offer unto Him offerings in righteousness.
So whenever you feel that “pain”, know that it is for a greater glory, and that through it all, God is sitting, watching over you, and rooting for you to become pure silver. You are not alone.