The world we live in today is filled with hate, suffering, massacres, genocide, racism and just about everything else under the sun that is evil, which has left us with a question that has been asked for ages. Why do we suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? What is the reason for pain?
Pain seems to be every where we look and before we begin to discuss the problem of pain I want you to open up your hearts and minds to what it is we are going to be talking about. Before we dive in I want you to pray that God reveals to you why it is you find yourself hurting? Why is there pain in your life? Ask God to speak to you about your own person pain. Not every pain is the same and not every person goes through it the same but pain has a purpose. God uses pain to his advantage but God did not create pain. Pain was created the moment mankind decide to no longer obey Jesus and allowed sin to enter the world. Human suffering was never created by God for us. It Was created by us because we thought we were better off without God but aren’t you glad that we serve a God that what the enemy created for evil God uses it for good. Although it is hard to see and hard to believe God does use pain for his glory. God uses pain in two ways.
He uses pain:
- To establish-
1 Peter 5:10 ESV
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
God uses pain to establish you. If you think back to the day you gave your life to Jesus and accepted him to be your savior than you must remember a day of brokenness. For a lot of us therapy we came to Jesus was the day we hit rock bottom and we needed him to establish us as his children. Jesus died on the cross so that we may be free and live a life to the fullest and through pain he brings us to our knees and humbles us to run after him. Please understand I am not saying that God hurt us purposefully to get us to follow him. I am saying that God created us to need him, not because he needs us to need him but because he knew that without him we were never going to be able to do what we want to do and we would never be free without him. We need God cause we would need Him to be like Him to live the life He gave us.
When we endure pain and we turn from the pain and turn to God, we are established in Him. The reason you are hurting is so that when you are done you will know to turn to God to give you strength to not be knocked down from the portion He out you in.
- To enhance-
Romans 8:18 ESV
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
What we go through is nothing compared to what God has for us. The trial you are enduring, you are enduring to further grow your spirit man. Abraham was put in a position where he suffered the idea of losing his son. After he waited for 100 years for him to be born. God tested him and Abraham felt pain and suffering, even though he had not killed his son yet, but God allowed Abraham to endure that to enhance his faith. God knew Abraham had the faith to carry on this task but it was Abraham who had to endure the test and the suffering to see himself at the other side of the storm a better follower of Christ. His faith was enhanced through the suffering of the idea of losing his son. There are moments that we go through that make us better people. Heart break, lost of a family member, doubt, even actual physical pain. We go through it and God betters us because of it. Not that we need to go through it but because we did we are better for it.
The world is hurting. Pain is real and is always around us and it will always be around us but you decide how you will let it affect you. Pain has the ability to establish and enhance you but you have to allow God to move through you and to use the pain. It’s easy to blame God for the bad in the world when in reality we deserve it. We are born with a sinful nature but we can be made new through the pain and evil we are born into. May we be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We hurt because we need God. We hurt because we are not God but Jesus hurt so that we don’t have to hurt anymore.