Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pain! Emotional pain! Physical pain! Financial pain! Spiritual pain! We all go through some kind of pain in our lives!

Quite a few years ago, I was in a lot of pain in many areas of my life. I was in pain from morning till night. I was in pain all night long. All I knew was pain. Because the process was so long, I questioned God and wondered why I had to go through all that and others didn't. What I didn't see at the time is that we all have pain — just in different areas and different levels at one time or another in our lives.

The pain got so bad that I knew I needed help, so I went for Christian counselling. During this time of dealing with my personal issues, the pain increased in some areas before it got better. I had to accept the pain and the process of dealing with the pain as a learning tool for me. It was then that I found a couple of verses that I love.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (KJV)

The truths of those verses were life-changing for me. I claimed them as mine. God was comforting me so that I could reach out and comfort others. There was a purpose for my pain.

I would like to suggest that any pain we have is for a purpose. Physical pain causes us to go to the doctor. Financial pain causes us to seek help in that area. Emotional pain causes us to find someone to help us through those rough times. Spiritual pain causes us to run to God.

God is our comfort in every area of our lives. No matter what the pain, He is there for us — every minute of every day.

Prayer: O God, how we resist pain in our lives! We don't like it. In fact, often we rebel against it. But God, You are omnipresent no matter what we are going through. Help us to claim Your Word, knowing that You will comfort us, and then You want us to go and comfort others with the same comfort with which You have comforted us. You are so great, Lord! Help us to run to You quickly in our pain. Thank You. Amen.

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