Our Pain Has a Greater Purpose
“And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Sometimes the lie we believe is that “good people don’t suffer. At least they shouldn’t.” The truth is that all people suffer because we live in a broken world, and good people suffer all the time right alongside everyone else. But our pain can have a greater purpose in God. Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, once said, “In some ways, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning.” I believe there is a whole side of suffering or pain that we miss when we focus on the pain. God is committed to growing our character in Christ. Author and Pastor Clayton King says, “If your suffering won’t go away, it might as well go to work. Hard times have the capacity to deepen your faith and the faith of those around you.”
Romans 5: 3-5 “And not only that but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
And James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
These two verses assure us that there is indeed a plan for us when we engage in suffering and pain. It is to grow our hope and faith, and it’s to make us whole and complete, lacking nothing that would keep us from our freedom and identity in Christ.
Today’s Prayer: Loving Father, I first confess by faith, my gratefulness to You in what I’m going through because You are there right with me, and You have a higher purpose for my pain and suffering. Please help me to fight through the circumstance to the place where I can fully trust You and rest in as much peace as You will allow in order to grow the faith in me that pleases You.
Today’s Challenge: Read James Chapter 1 verses 2-7 every day this week and say out loud verses 2-4. Attempt to really trust that God is with you and will NEVER leave you, especially in the circumstance that is creating the pain. Praising Him in all things will bring about the power of gratefulness and humility that can result in the miracle you need today.