What Do We Do When Pain Comes?

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   8/19/2013

“Pain can either draw you to Jesus or it can devastate you.” –Adam Judge 

These are the words the guest speaker spoke at a church my husband and I visited in Texas. The entire sermon was on pain and how we, as Christians, are to view it and deal with it.  

Let’s face it, pain is inevitable . . . no one can live their life without facing some sort of pain in their life.

It’s not the same for everyone. Some experience the pain of losing a close family member or friend due to a tragic and unexpected situation, others experience serious physical pain or sickness, and others face an emotional pain that is both difficult and burdening. No matter what the pain may be—it’s been there. But the hope in the pain is that even when the pain is present, God is too.  

The speaker at this church spoke about how God has a purpose in the pain we experience. God uses our experiences for both personal and public purposes. He teaches us through struggles, he lets us experience trials to test and strengthen our faith, and He walks through the pain with us when it’s a result of a wrong decision we made on our own.

God never intended for us to experience pain, but after man’s sin in the Garden of Eden, pain began and He now has a purpose through it. God also uses our struggles and pain for public purposes. He uses it to revel Himself to others and even sometimes uses our struggles for us to help someone else going through something similar. Ultimately, He uses everything for His glory and will never leave us the way we are, in our current circumstances. 

It really all comes down to the fact that we have to choose how we’re going to handle the pain when it comes. Are we going to let it devastate and trap us? Or are we going to give it to the God that promised to walk through every aspect of our lives with us—the ones full of hope and joy and the moments of despair and defeat? 

I don’t always make the right choice right at first, but it always comes back to surrendering to the Lord, holding onto His promises, and always remembering that He is sovereign. 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:6-7 

Consider it pure joy, my brother, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” –James 1: 2-4

How amazing it is that we have a God that meets us in our needs and lifts us up? The guest speaker ended his sermon with three things we can do about our pain: give it to Jesus, share it with others so we may encourage them in their own struggles, and praise God for it. 

For those who don’t know the Lord, it probably seems odd to suggest that we praise God for the pain we experience. It may even seem odd to faithful Christ-followers. But if God is sovereign and has a purpose in all things (which He is and He does), why shouldn’t we praise God? It would completely change our faith and ultimately our lives. 

I recently heard a song called “Love Came Down” for the first time and have enjoyed listening to it and worshipping God. The one promise we can hold onto no matter what may come our way is that we are His children. We are His and He is with us always—even when we can’t hear His voice as clearly. 

“If my heart is overwhelmed and I cannot hear your voice, I’ll hold on to what is true though I cannot see. If the storms of life they come and the road ahead gets steep, I will lift these hands in faith. I will believe. I remind myself of all that you’ve done and the life I have because of your Son.

Love came down and rescued me. Love came down and set me free. I am yours. I am forever yours. Mountain high or valley low, I sing out and remind my soul I am yours. I am forever yours.”

I urge you to listen to the song and prayerfully ask God to show you how you’re dealing with your pain and if God would want to show you a new way. Are you giving it to Him or allowing it to devastate you?

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