In this world, there is pain. No one can argue with such a statement, because we have all experienced it in our own lives.
Recently, something happened in my life that caused me quite a bit of pain. It was a hard experience for me and left me feeling bruised and battered. After several days of struggling and praying and not really getting anywhere, I finally got quiet before God and admitted to Him how much it hurt.
I heard Him whisper to my spirit, “Give it to Me.”
Give Him my pain? Of course, I want to and He can definitely handle it, but the question is how? So, today I’ve been thinking about how and I’ve come up with a few practical ways to do that:
Trust Him that He recognizes our pain and He cares about it.
Psalm 56:8 says, “ You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
How beautiful and encouraging that when we hurt, it doesn’t go unnoticed by our Father in Heaven.
Trust Him that He will not waste our pain, but He will use it to teach us something.
Pain is a great teacher. I still remember being 3 or 4 and sticking my little finger in the electrical outlet (this was way before any child-proof anything). Guess what? The pain the zap caused me taught me very quickly not to do that again!
In life, whether we cause ourselves pain, or someone else causes it, we can learn from it.
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
God doesn’t waste our pain. He will use it, if we are willing to allow it. As the verse above says, when we suffer, it helps us know how to comfort others when they suffer.
In the same way, when we hurt, we can learn compassion. When we feel unappreciated, it can help us try to better appreciate others. When people speak sharply to us, it rings as a reminder for us to use our words carefully with others.
The opportunities to learn from pain our endless, if we are open to them.
Trust Him that He will bring good out of the painful circumstances.
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
What good comes out of pain? I don’t know all the possibilities of that because I am sure there are many realities as there are painful situations, but I do know that the most painful situations in my life were the same times I have felt the presence of God the strongest. God was absolutely with Daniel in that lion’s den. He was with Joseph in that jail and He is with us in our trials and painful tribulations.
What am I proposing? That one of the greatest things that can come out of our pain is that we enjoy God’s presence (perhaps because we are seeking it more?). What a wonderful blessing that is.
Trust God that He will use our Pain to Help us to Grow
“Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
There are pains with physical and spiritual growth alike, but you have to suffer the pain to get the benefit of that growth. Usually in my life there are great periods of spiritual growth after the times of pain. I am guessing it is so in your life as well.
Pain is guaranteed in this life. We live in a fallen, sinful world and pain is part and parcel to that reality. The good news is, we have hope and we can give our pain to our Heavenly Father and the good He allows to come from it will surely help soothe our ache.