Despite what some may teach, God’s plan does not always bring health and wealth. Sometimes it includes unexpected and unexplained pain and heartache. If that’s what you’re experiencing, here are some thoughts I hope will be helpful.
- This side of heaven, life will simply have pain. That’s been a reality since the fall of Adam and Eve. For now, we’re messed-up people living in a messed-up world. God will correct it all, but in His time.
- We’re in good company in our pain and heartache. Job experienced it. So did Jeremiah. And Jesus. And Paul. And so many others who’ve modeled for us how to trust God when His will hurts.
- Pain and heartache aren’t automatically signs of disobedience and judgment. Our sin does, of course, produce pain, but even godly, faithful people sometimes face heartache and agony. Just ask any of the people listed in #2 above.
- God uses pain to keep us humble. That’s what He did with Paul’s thorn in 2 Corinthians 12: keep the apostle from exalting himself. And, if you’re convinced you’ve never needed a thorn in your life, you probably have.
- We’re not alone in our struggle. God’s Spirit lives in us. He gives us brothers and sisters in Christ to walk with us. If we’re trying to carry the burden by ourselves, we’re missing the gifts God has given us to help us.
- Our witness for Christ is often strongest in our pain. It’s one thing to praise God when we’re on the mountain. It’s another matter to praise Him when the valley is deep – and it’s then that the lost world most takes note of our joy.
- God’s peace is not dependent on circumstances. The peace that is beyond comprehension (Phil. 4:7) is not the absence of struggle, conflict, or pain; it’s trust and faith in spite of these things.
- Running from God is never the answer. Disobedience cannot bring joy, nor does it free us from pain. It only creates other kinds of heartaches. We must run to God, not from Him, even when we don’t understand His plan.
- It’s in these times that faith genuinely matters. Call me weak if you wish, but I would not want to face times of heartache and pain without my relationship with God. He remains our rock.
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