It can be difficult to find peace when you find yourself in long seasons of waiting for trials to end doesn’t it? If you are like me doubt can creep its way into your mind and have you questioning things such as, “Do you really know what you’re doing Lord?” and “Hasn’t my circumstances lasted long enough Lord?” Satan loves to have our minds so bogged with lies we can’t find our way around them. So, with this being said, why does God allow pain?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
I wanted to list these verses to warn you troubles will come heartache will come and suffering will come to be prepared be in the Word of God and use it like daggers at Satan when you find yourself in difficulty. I have to be honest with myself, as well as you. When someone who has lived their whole life serving God to the fullness of their ability to suffer so much I question why?
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So I’m left to wonder, why does God allow pain?
My human heart simply can’t comprehend why God allows pain sometimes. Working in the Oncology field has opened my eyes to this even more so. A person will come in after being diagnosed and they look fairly healthy in the beginning but once treatment starts I can not stress enough how it wreaks havoc on their bodies. It can be devastating to watch them waste away to skin and bones. I have found myself in my lab bay fighting tears at times. I will practically BEG God if they are not gonna get better to PLEASE end their suffering. If they are ready to be called to Heaven to hurry up and get on with it already. Help them to receive a new glorified body and be rid of the pain.
The sad part is that’s not my call to make. I am here to answer “why does God allow pain?” But I cannot make the calls!
Trust me, sweet friend, God knows what he is doing, and he sure doesn’t need any help from me.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
We cannot see the whole picture
I can admit that in my “hard times” is when I learn most because during these moments of my life I’m drawn closer to God than ever before. I seek his face wisdom, comfort, prayer, peace, and understanding, all the more. It is the only way in those forever seasons to make it through. We can’t find the strength we need on our own merit. Instead, we must look to our Lord and Savior to pull us through. We should be doing these things all along anyway. You see, when life is going all hunky-dory we tend to think I am good to go are in a good place. I can conquer anything that comes against me. Don’t get too cocky cause you can find out in a hurry how quickly things can change for you.
Why Does God Allow Pain? YOU WILL NEED GOD, more than you thought.
Sometimes, God has to really get our attention to open our eyes that we can’t do this life without HIM. There is a reason for everything we go through and face. God is wanting to teach us something if only we will get off our high horse long enough to listen. OUCH! I am sorry if that offends you but you know as well as I do that it is plain TRUTH. It’s called Pride. ALL of us have it the thing is you have to admit it and repent of it and ask God to keep it from your heart.
Let’s go back to my Oncology patients. Do they deserve what they face? NO! Have they done something wrong, and this is their punishment? NO! But I truly believe God is using their situation to change the lives of those around them. It has definitely changed me.
Let me explain about God allowing pain
When you see someone who is clearly suffering but can still say God is with ME. God Loves Me. You see, God is working miracles through them to reach others who need to see and hear God’s power working in the lives of others. They’ll say, God, can use ME and MY struggles, to show YOU his Love.
When I see how much these patients go through on a daily basis and can still say ALL these things with a big smile on their face that my Friends is a testimony, of God’s Grace. I feel ashamed to say anything about the struggles with my health I deal with. See beloved, we may never know who we come in contact with that we may be inspiring while going through a season of hardship. You may never know or understand why you are going through what you are this side of Eternity but rest assured God does. There are many stories in the Bible of people who suffered but still had Peace in God’s Sovereign plan.
Why Does God Allow Pain? For Our Good and HIS Glory!
I found this article, written by Author David Peach. It explains the sufferings of many but also shows God’s power in and through them that will also give hope to you and me. There can be Peace found in Why God Allows Pain though at the time it doesn’t feel that way. Courtesy of Author David Peach:
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At the end of his life, Joseph said to his brothers who had horribly mistreated him, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph was sold into Egyptian slavery by his brothers. Though he had earned his master’s trust and was allowed to work freely in the house, the lies of a woman thrust Joseph into prison. God granted Joseph an understanding of dreams while he was unjustly serving his time.
Joseph interpreted a dream one day which could have been his way out of jail; but, the man who should have spoken for Joseph’s freedom forgot about him for two years. When Joseph was released from prison it was to take an elevated position in the government. Joseph knew the region would go through a devastating drought. He made preparations to help save the people. In doing so he was able to rescue his brothers who had treated him so badly. Joseph trusted in the promises of God. He knew that God had a plan for his life. Joseph endured difficulties because of his faith in God’s Word.
Certainly, there were highlights in the life of Moses. He spent time in the presence of God and was the instrument God used to lead the children of Israel from Egypt. But there were trials along the way. At one point in Moses’ life, he prayed that if God really loved him then God would kill him as a show of compassion (Numbers 11:15). Moses had enough of the whining and complaining of the people that God asked him to lead. The Israelites complained so much that Moses thought it would be a show of mercy by God if God would just kill him instead of making him live with the complaints.
In the much loved, Story of Ruth, we meet her mother-in-law, Naomi. This is a lady, who followed her husband, to a foreign land, and lost everything she held dear, during their time away from home. There is much debate, on whether the family should have moved away, from the land of God. Whatever your thoughts might be, we would not have the beautiful story of Ruth, without the tragic loss, that Naomi endured.
After the death, of her husband and sons, Naomi returned to Israel. She took Ruth with her. When they arrived in Bethlehem-Judah, Naomi was pretty discouraged. Though her name meant pleasant, she asked her friends, to call her Mara, which meant bitter (Ruth 1: 20-21). Yet, nowhere else, is she ever referred to, by that name. God restored her hope and pleasantness. In the end, she and Ruth, had a wonderful relationship, because of God’s goodness. Naomi experienced trials, but emerged victorious, through the hand of God.
Job writes in the opening chapter of his story, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither, the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21). See, Job lost his houses, his riches, his cattle, and even his own children, yet he still chose, to praise God for His goodness. He recognized, that everything he had in life, came from the hand, of the Lord. If God chose, to take that away from him, then who was Job to complain? Beyond the physical loss, that Job endured, he had to deal with accusatory friends, and his wife, who told him to give up, on God (Job 2:9). However, Job continued, to maintain his trust, in the faithfulness of God.
In the last two verses of Psalm 27, David wrote: “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart, wait, I say, on the Lord.” David saw the good hand of God, throughout his own life. David acknowledged, some of the trials, tribulations, and enemies, he had encountered. Yet he concluded, that God is faithful and that He is good. David saw the good hand of God, throughout his own life. The beloved King David was not loved by everyone. David endured trials, from leadership over him, and followers behind him. Even from his own household. Yet, David chose, to see the hand of God, in everything that took place, in his life.
Jeremiah is known, as the Weeping Prophet, because he cried, and grieved much, for his people. They were unrepentant. They continued in sin, though they were warned to repent. Though Jeremiah’s trials, were not physical in nature, he suffered great spiritual anguish, because of Israel. In the end, they refused to listen, to the warnings of God, through Jeremiah. The people were carried away as captives, by the Babylonians. “Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh, that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.” (Jeremiah 9:1-2).
We know the Apostle Paul, suffered many trials, by the hand of man. (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). But beyond that, he suffered some type of trial, by the permission of God. Paul called it, a messenger of Satan, and begged God, to remove this “thorn in the flesh.” Yet, God chose to allow Paul, to suffer from this affliction. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). There are many speculations, for what this problem was, but we are not told clearly, in the text of the Bible. Whether we know, the exact nature, of the problem, there is a lesson, to be learned, that can apply, to each of us.
Paul endured this trial, which caused him to depend more, upon the Lord. He was told by God, that the affliction, was to show, the power of God, through a weakened life. When we are weak, sick, in need, persecuted, or distressed for Christ’s sake, then God can show himself, strong for our benefit, and for His glory. God told Paul, that His grace, was sufficient. It was sufficient for Paul, God’s grace is sufficient for us today.
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In Closing: Why Does God Allow Pain?
Clearly, ALL these examples shown testify of long seasons of trials and they also show God’s hand in all of them. Even though they endured much they also had the Peace of God during all things. See my Friends, God shows his power, through us, in our weakness, and in return, God receives the Glory, in ALL things.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:6-8
Psalm 23 (Though we walk in the Valley, He will ALWAYS be with us)
- The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
- God restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
- Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
- You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
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