Everything, including pain, was designed to direct


our minds and our hearts back to our Creator. That 


is the ultimate reason for our existence.

Pain and storms are almost inevitable in life. We 

will all experience the quiet crucible of despair 

and heartbreak, whether emotional or physical, at 

some point in our lives.

We, like countless others, may have started to 


question how can we live a meaningful and 


significant life. The truth is that we live 


meaningful lives simply because we were 


created in the image of God , and 


God is the Source of our meaning.

We are living in the same world as Jesus... one 


brimming with simple pleasure, unexpectedness, 


hardship, and hope. 



Life can be amazing, pleasurable, and fair at 


times. On the contrary, life can be disheartening, 


biased, and highly complicated. We may pray 


with no sense that God is hearing us. Divine 


silence is a part of this life in many ways. 




When we have been treated unfairly, 


mischaracterized, deceived, violated, or betrayed, 


it can be incredibly hurtful. We yearn for divine


 justice, either inwardly or outwardly. It's difficult, 


if not unsettling, to hear nothing whatsoever in


 response.



God has a plan for each of us. He made the earth 


and positioned us here to have trust and find 


comfort. Our difficulties help us to grow and 


begin preparing us to live with Him again.

God is fully aware and devoted to carrying out the


purposes for the pain He has allowed.

Suffering and godliness are inherently connected.


We suffer at the hands of the world at times because 


we are carrying out God's Will. 



The world loathes truth and will 


go to any length to eliminate it. 


John 16:1-4



According to Second Timothy 3:12, "truly, all 


who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus 


will be persecuted." Both believing and sharing 


Jesus' suffering, according to Paul, are required 


components of righteous living.



Suffering and trials are an inescapable part of the


Believer's life. Suffering for Christ is a privilege,


according to Paul. Whatever suffering a Believer 


endures, 


Christ is worthy of it.

God allows people to suffer, but 


not all suffering is caused by sin.


 Suffering, according to Jesus, can


 be for the glory of God.


John 9:1-7

Joseph suffered as a result of his


siblings' sins.


Although Joseph's brothers intended to harm him, 


God intended for his suffering to accomplish good 


things, including saving the lives of many people,


including his evil brothers.


Genesis 50:20

It can be difficult to see how God is working


 in our misfortune. Instead of explaining why 


we suffer, the Bible teaches us how to cope 


with it.


Pain and storms are inevitable in life. We


 can still go hungry, get sick, mourn, and die


 in this life. 


Philippians 2:25-28; Romans 8:18-24



Whether it is emotional or physical pain, we 


will all go through valleys of suffering and pain


 at some point in our lives.


God wants us to grow, and will sometimes 


use suffering to discipline us for our benefit. 


Hebrews 12:7-13


Suffering can build our faith so we can serve 


God better. So, after we have suffered a little 


while, God will restore, support, and strengthen 


us. God will place us on a firm foundation.


1 Peter 5:10


Through suffering, God shapes and molds us 


into people who honor His Name and bless 


others.

Pain changes people. 


There can be no growth 


without pain. 


Pain and suffering have a way of stripping away 


those things that do not bring out the best in us.


Through suffering, God can shape us.



Pain can wake us 


up to God. 



Life in the crucible of testing and tribulation


 produces some of the richest, fullest, and most 


fruitful lives. There can be no coming to


consciousness without sufferingImaginings do 


not lead to enlightenment.


There are times when both the righteous


 and the wicked suffer. 


Job 1–2


Suffering is universal. 



All creation suffers.


Romans 8:22



If we have compassion for those we see, 


we suffer with them.


“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers 


to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, 


but shouts in our pains. It is His megaphone to rouse 


a deaf world.”


― C.S. Lewis


In our suffering, we are most aware of God's nature. 


When our self-sufficiency is stripped away, we 


realize how frail we really are. As God says to 


Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, 


"My power is made perfect in


 weakness."


God allows us to taste His power most intimately 


through our suffering.

In our brokenness, we can see 



God's perfect strength as He 



carries us through.

Suffering and pain can help us learn important life


 lessons. The valley of suffering can mould our


 personalities and keep us from becoming overly proud.


Our personal pain also speaks volumes to those 


around us, providing us with a sort of stage.



Life's dark and difficult seasons can lead to 


repentance and salvation, as well as help us put 


our trust in God.



Experiencing and enduring exceptionally 


difficult seasons may both stretch and grow us.



Challenges can provide significant insights, 


help us develop godly character, deepen our faith,


 and provide many instructional moments for 


those who are directly involved.



Even the most traumatic circumstances appear


 to hold hidden blessings. We can be an inspiration 


to others when we face the agony and journey


 through the valley of sorrow.

No one comes out of 


the valley of pain and suffering...


unchanged.


As painful as it is,


 pain and suffering has a way of stripping away 


those things that will not bring out the best in us.



Pain can often help us find a new sense of purpose, 


acceptance of what is happening, and the realization 


of inner peace.

Those valleys of suffering will not go away


 until the reason for their arrival has been accomplished.

God is masterful enough to divinely orchestrate 


all of our trials and tribulations, in such a way, 


that they ultimately draw us towards being the 


people God desires for us to be.


Let us keep in mind...



whatever brings us 



closer to God is a blessing.


God uses the most painful 


suffering for good.

Those painful periods can serve as 


powerful and purposeful lessons.

May our response to pain and suffering 


lead us to 


look beyond the pain and suffering


 in the attempt to 


see God’s higher purposes


 and what God wants to teach us.

Let us always remember


 and never forget:

God does not leave us hopeless or in 


despair as we navigate


through these valleys of suffering.



Time and time again….



God promises and provides... 



His amazing grace.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,


that saved a wretch like me.


I once was lost, but now am found,


was blind, but now, I see.


T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear...


and Grace, my fears relieved.


How precious did that Grace appear...


the hour I first believed.

.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...


we have already come.


T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...


and Grace will lead us home.

As God ordains suffering in our lives, may we 


embrace it, knowing it will be for our good, 


both now and forever.

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