“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 KJV).
READ: Philippians 1:12-14
Pain comes in different forms. It might be illness such as cancer, fibromyalgia, or a physical disability. Or it could be the emotional or financial loss. There are those who, because of their struggle with loss, depression, or simply the stress of everyday living, have turned to alcohol or drugs to medicate their pains.
Is it possible to find purpose in our pain? Yes, the Apostle Paul did find and he said, “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel… I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly (Philippians 1:12-14). Even Jesus achieved his sole purpose on earth, to do the will of His Father through suffering and pain.
God never said we would live without pain or loss. In fact, his Word tells that we will have trials in this life. However, if we can allow God to work His purpose through our pain, then many will see and believe in the One who sustains and strengthens us in the midst of our sufferings. The pain God has allowed to come into your life could be the very gift he uses to bring another soul into his kingdom and lift you into a realm that eyes have not seen nor it entered into the hearts of men.
Oh Lord, use my situations for Your glory, let me not be blind to the pain alone in Jesus name. Amen.