Pain and Suffering
October 1, 2022 – Ron Green
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (Romans 8:18 NLT)
Ever wonder why God allows you and I to experience pain and suffering? Was it something you did or didn’t do?
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.
Jesus had compassion and saw that people were hurting and in trouble. Some of the people were born with blindness other with crippling disease. Jesus frees people from not only their illnesses and handicaps, but of their sins as well. Jesus breaks the chain of Satan and his demons and frees the oppressed. Jesus saw that things were if you will out of control, as people were lost and had no Hope. Jesus’s compassion and healing gave hope and a sense of direction to the people.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
God can use suffering then to develop us into better people: the people who can love and enjoy Him forever.
So whatever you’re going through, physical, emotional, or spiritual you’re not alone. If you remember reading the scriptures, our Father in Heaven reminds us that we are not alone. He is there with you. He will never allow you to go through anything that He will not help you overcome. He doesn’t do this as a test, because God will never test you. God allows things to happen for His Glory not glory for man. Use the trials God has given you as your testimony on how God got you through your trials. His plans are for good not for evil.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
From the daily devotional – Enduring Pain
If you are suffering from real, persistent, unresolved pain, find real meaningful help. The process is hard; you have to walk through pain, but the freedom and healing Jesus provides through this is so worth it!
Pain is a part of growth. Obviously, that is true physically but also emotionally and spiritually. Paul repeatedly talks about how pain leads to growth. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10
—— Chaplain Ron