Pain, it ails us with physical sensations of throbbing, aching, swelling, bruising, itching, bleeding, and brokenness.
Pain, it wounds our hearts and we walk around carrying heavy burdens inside, crying, questioning, hurting, lonely, and unhappy.
Pain, it stabs our souls like thorn in our flesh and pokes at us day and night until our spirits grow weary and our souls cry out.
Our hurts are real and they come in many different ways: physical, emotional and spiritual. Why do we go through hard times? Have we done something wrong? Is God not good? Has the Lord forgotten about us?
These are all common questions to ask when a trial comes your way. Right now, I am dealing with a little bit of all three forms of pain in my personal life and it is a bitter cup to take, but I do not want to miss the Savior’s sweetness in the midst of the sour. The flesh in me wants to say, “But it hurts Lord?” But the Spirit of God in me wants to respond in a way that honors Christ and receives the hidden pearl He has for me.
1: Why do I go through hard times?
John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We will have trouble in this world. God says it in His word, so why are we surprised when we suffer? Sin has infiltrated our once perfect world and we do not have the privilege of perfection, which is why we needed Jesus.
(Note: Sometimes our suffering is from the sinful nature of the earth, other times it is a trial allowed by God to strengthen our faith, and then there are times when we sin and have consequences.)
2: Have I done something wrong?
Although some of the time our pain comes from our own poor decisions, (i.e. failing a test we didn’t study for) most often we are suffering and carrying our crosses because life is hard and full of sin. If someone gets cancer it does not mean he did anything to deserve it. If a car hits someone it was not because he was being punished.
Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
3: Is God not Good?
Psalm 100:5 says, “For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
God’s word is the ultimate truth and He says that He is good. In fact He is perfect and cannot change because it is out of His character (Hebrews 13:8)
4: Has the Lord forgotten about me?
Isaiah 49:15 says, ““Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
You are unforgettable to God! The Lord who created you in your inmost being knew you before you were created and will always know and love you. Do not be afraid to share your heart to the God who sees you! (Genesis 16:13)
I do not know your pain, but God does. I pray today that you claim victory through the blood of Jesus and know that your Savior is greater than your circumstance. Our troubles may be great, but our Lord is greater. Our sorrow may be strong, but our God is stronger. The lies may be grand, but the truth of Scripture is grander and remains forever.
By: Emma Danzey