Maybe people may see me as super “halakhak girl”, a jolly and always happy person but I tweeted last day that “even the happiest people, cry”. There are situation in life that we feel hurt and we don’t feel God’s presence. He seems so distant! It is hard to think of Him much less pray to Him in my pain and suffering. Sometimes I may feel that He has deserted me because of the weight of my afflictions. He doesn’t seem to answer my cry for help! Friends, I am here to tell you that even if we don’t feel God when we are hurting, we need to realize no matter what suffering we are experiencing He is with us! I am not alone! You are not alone!
I’ve learned a lot of things about God. Nakaka-amazed lang talaga Siya magbigay ng revelations. He gave me a clear fact that, He never said He would not give me more than I can handle. There will be times in life when I will feel like I am drowning and there is no one to help me.
The pain may seem unbearable at times, but God heals everything. He is preparing us for greatness, but we must be willing to allow Him to take us through His process. God was, and is with us as we suffer. So take strength in knowing that as we suffer He is suffering too.
Remember that when God seems silent or not there in our suffering, He hasn’t forsaken us! We all forget at times that Jesus experienced all the hurt and pain we have had when He died on the cross for us. Therefore, He understands and wants to be a part of everything in our life. He also has never asked you to go through anything He hasn’t. I encourage you to patiently endure the pain and suffering because God is always present and wants to sympathize with us in our trials.
Why God allow the pain?
1. God uses pain to get our attention
Pain is a warning light. It tells us something is wrong. Pain isn’t your problem. It’s a symptom. It’s God’s megaphone. As you’ve heard before, God whispers to us in our pleasure, but he shouts to us in our pain. Proverbs 20:30 says, “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:9, “I am glad not because it hurts you, but because the pain turns you to God.” Sometimes it takes pain to get us to do what God wants us to do.
Remember the story of Jonah? Jonah was going one way and God said, “I want you to go the other way.” So he provided a typical Mediterranean cruise for him – a whale! And, at the bottom of the ocean, Jonah said, “When I had lost all hope I once again turned my thoughts to the Lord.” God uses pain to get our attention.
2. God uses pain to teach us to depend on him.
You don’t know that God is all you need until God’s all you got. Paul says it this way in 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (TLB): “We were crushed and overwhelmed and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves but that was good for then we put everything into the hands of God who could save us and he did help us.”
If you never had a problem, you’d never know God could solve it. God allows pain to teach you to depend on Him. The Bible says in Psalm 119:71: “It was the best thing that could have happened to me for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.” The truth is, some things we only learn through pain. Depending on God is one of those things.
3. God allows pain to give me a ministry to others.
Pain prepares you to serve. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT), “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” Everybody needs recovery of some type. Nobody’s perfect. Who can better help an alcoholic than somebody who has struggled with alcoholism? Who can better help somebody dealing with the pain of abuse than someone who was abused themselves? God wants to use and recycle the pain in our lives to help others, but we have to be open and honest about it.
Imagine the army of ministers we could train in our congregation if we helped people use our past pain as an opportunity for ministry. God never wastes a hurt!
Do not leave God out of your suffering. Let Him take control of your life. God loves us and He wants to comfort you. God brings hope and peace. Never be afraid to face your trials because Jesus paid the price for you on the cross! Unfortunately, the pain, suffering and the trials will not disappear or vanish but things will get better. God will help you figure this out.
Yes! ….this too shall pass.
Your sweetest Melody, ❤