Everything, including pain, was designed to direct
our minds and our hearts back to our Creator. That
is the ultimate reason for our existence.
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
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.
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
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.
Joseph suffered as a result of his
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.
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
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.
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
Pain changes people.
There can be no growth
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 suffering. Imaginings do
not lead to enlightenment.
There are times when both the righteous
and the wicked suffer.
Suffering is universal.
All creation suffers.
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
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...
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.