By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: October 21, 2016
From Series: God Behind Bars
Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”.
Romans 5:3-4, “But, we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope”.
Toxic relationships. Abuse. Divorce. Betrayal. Illness. Death. Depression. Addiction. Loneliness. Failure. The list is endless. We cannot plan for pain—it capriciously blindsides us. Suffering is part of life and part of God’s will. Just the mention of the word PAIN sends a myriad of thoughts to our brain. We can immediately recall numerous hurtful scenarios because life is often “pain-full”.
There is truth to the phrase “no pain no gain”, because we’ve got to go through it to get to it! Without endurance and perseverance, we would fail to achieve some of our greatest successes. So, when it comes to pain we have two options. We can bitterly sink into depression and defeat. Or question the circumstance and pour our hearts out to God. Yet often, we get it backwards. We lean on God during the good times and pull away in the face of pain when we need Him most. When the bottom drops out and when we feel ambushed, assaulted, and crushed we can always count on God’s power and presence. We may never understand the full purpose of our pain but God does! Thus, when we are confident in His character and we refuse to bail before the breakthrough our faith and influence will increase exponentially.
“Search my heart, Lord, and soften any hardened feelings or callousness. Empty me of all bitterness and resentment. Lead me to reflect all that You are to the world, and help me to remember that there’s always purpose behind my pain. In Christ I pray, Amen.”
When it comes to experiencing pain, we often question God’s motives. Write these four truths in your prayer journal to reference the next time pain strikes.
1. God is bigger than our questions.
2. God is bigger than our pain.
3. God is a Sovereign God.
4. There is purpose in our pain.
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