Why is there suffering and pain in our lives?
- God does some of His greatest work in the dark
- Guidance (gives us His law)
- Christ's death
- Christ returns
We are to be thanking God for our pain! Doesn't that sound absurd? God is shaping our hearts in this pain... it's His way of protecting us! And as much as we might wish we were dead, this pain, very much tells us we are indeed alive!
If we look at David (1 Sam. 30), we see that a young David has just been anointed king and Saul (the former king) is trying to kill him (jealous?). We learn these things listed below that David faced:
- David had just lost his previous job.
- He came back home to find out that his wife and children were kidnapped.
- He lost his home.
- His men (an army - 600) abandoned him.
- He was being hunted and about to lose his own life.
- He was greatly distressed.
But David persevered, he didn't give up. He strengthened himself in the LORD. We are called to do the same, to follow his lead. How do we do this? We do this through prayer, wait on His direction, recall the accomplishments of God's handiwork in our lives, we must seek counsel, and believe His promises to us!
It's so easy to isolate ourselves; try to work through the pain on our own! But this is the time we need Him the most! We aren't called to be alone! We are made to be relational! We need Him and His people in our lives to pray for us, to encourage us, to get us to the "next" thing. Sometimes we wait and the answers don't come. What then?
"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10
I know it's in my very nature to want to control things, but do I really have any control? I need to drop the mentality that I have to control things. I also need to realize that I'm not asked to carry my own burdens but to give them over to God. Easier said than done, I realize! Something that I need to ask God to help me do...
I take joy in knowing Jeremiah 29:11 is relevant in my life and the lives of everyone, everywhere!
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".
My pain is not meant to hurt me, not that it doesn't hurt me (because it definitely does), but it's meant for a greater purpose in my life (the same is true for you)!