Looking Beyond Your Pain

Why do those who are experiencing a life of pain and heartbreak still live for God? What’s the point of serving a God who allows us to struggle through so many hardships as we go through this life?

As Believers, the foundation of our Christianity should be based on faith in a divine, all-powerful, all-knowing God, who loves us, and created us to be in a relationship with Him. He even sent His Son as a sacrifice to ensure we are able to maintain that relationship.

But unfortunately sin also exists in this world, and there are consequences in our lives as a result. We look around and some people may seem to have an envious life with little to no problems, while there are others who have been burdened with life-altering illnesses, painful relationships, dire financial situations, and I could go on and on.

Why doesn’t God save those who believe in Him from the pain of sin? Why is it that our lives can be just as painful, or if not worse, than non-believers?

Of course I don’t have an answer to this. In our human nature, we will never understand the ways of God, and why certain devastating things can happen to us, even while we are faithfully serving Him. Sometimes we may find ourselves wondering where is His mercy? Or His grace? And sometimes we may even find ourselves questioning His love. How could a God that says He loves me allow me to experience this?

A short time ago I read an article on this very topic, and the writer compared our sufferings in this world, to the glory we’d experience once we left this earth for Heaven. And what keeps me going is knowing the 102 years that I’ll be on earth (yes that’s the years of life I’ve asked God to bless me with) will only be but a moment in time compared to the eternity that I will spend in Heaven with my Savior.

That is such a reassuring thought that I have continually come back to when I start to spiral down into a “Why Me?” phase. I am living this life, to live again and reign with Christ. And the glory I’ll experience on that side will be worth everything I am experiencing on this side.

Although the struggle in both going through situations and then writing about them in a way that (I hope) connects to readers is always present, I continue to look to Jesus, who IS the author and finisher of my faith. I know He will finish each and every thing that He has started in me, and sometimes the purpose may be revealed in this life, while there are other reasons that I may never know.

And yes I get tired, I get weary, and many times I just want to Be, but there is glory on the other side in my eternity. And that’s what I’m living for – HIS glory! For ever and ever and ever. So I’ll just keep running my race, no matter how many times it crosses my mind to stop.

In the same manner, Jesus endured His cross, and found joy on the other side. As today’s Play Prediction reveals, the “other side” for Jesus was to take His seat of honor next to God. There is a position of honor for each of us after we’ve endured the path that God has set before us.

I encourage anyone going through anything in particular that has you considering giving up, there is Joy ahead of you and glory on the other side, but you have to go through whatever you are facing, knowing the magnitude and effectiveness of the help available to you is through Christ Jesus, who has already endured His cross. He is available to help and lead us through our own challenges.

A friend shared with me how the last couple of blogs from Hebrews 2 have been speaking to her personal situations. I absolutely love when someone shares how my words and story are impacting their lives. It brings such comfort to know that I’m not the only one going through these kinds of struggles, and I’m grateful that God’s Word is effective enough to meet us at our own individual areas of need. As we close out this study, may He meet you exactly at your need today and walk with you as you go through it.

Another friend sent me this passage of scripture that confirms that we are not alone in our lamenting:

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:27-31‬ ‭MSG‬‬

PRAISE GOD! We each have a choice to make – we can live for the present, to make our finite lives on earth as comfortable as possible, or we can wait on God to strengthen us to live for the glory that will come in our infinite life after we leave our earthly bodies. Which will you choose?

CLOSING CHALLENGE:

Do you ever find yourself questioning if God is there or even cares about you, based upon what you are experiencing in your life?

Does knowing there is glory after you endure your cross provide you the push you need to keep going? What do you need to keep you from giving up?

Feel free to share your response in the comments section…

2 thoughts on “Looking Beyond Your Pain

  1. Thank you for another encouraging blog. I know what the word says but it is uplifting to read it take place in the life of others. As I go through it’s the extra push that reminds me of God’s Grace and Mercy. The struggle seems easier to bear

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    1. The struggle seems so difficult when we are personally experiencing it! It’s a bit easier to encourage others when the pain isn’t being experienced personally. I’m thankful that we that have struggled through trials can encourage others as they go through theirs – and in turn they can encourage us when we needed it!

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