“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” – Mark 14: 36
Have you ever wondered why God allows pain or suffering in our lives?
Do you suffer from a serious illness or chronic pain?
When tragedy hits, or when things don’t work out the way you planned them, or when your dearest loved one is being consumed by a disease, you may feel angry towards God and accuse Him of being unfair.
You may ask, “Why me?” or “Why is this happening to the person I love the most?”
What Is Your Tolerance Level For Pain?
Everyone has a different tolerance of pain.
But at some point in your journey, you will wonder, “How much pain will I be able to endure?”
Job, wondered this too.
When Job prayed to God, he questioned his ability to withstand his torments.
As his pain grew, Job cried louder.
Rather than being anguished with his pain and suffering, he did not turn away from the Lord, even though the people around him encouraged him to.
“What strength do I have, that I should hope? And what is my end, that I should prolong my life? Is my strength the strength of stones? Or is my flesh bronze? is my help not within me? And is success driven from me?” – Job 6:11-13
In the midst of all our pain and suffering, how can we feel peace in the middle of the storm?
By realizing our humanity and taking our illness piece by piece and lifting it up to the Lord.
Suffering produces intimacy with God.
Job, who endured unspeakable suffering said, “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.”
Intimacy with God is often born in the furnace of affliction.
When you are in a season of pain and despair, all you want to do is turn away from what God is leading you to do.
This is the time to acknowledge your humanness and ask God for surpassing faith and courage to go on.
No matter how deep your dark season may be, He will lead you to a brighter morning.
When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, the first thing He did was spend time in deep prayer with His Father and acknowledge His humanity.
And, the pain that He was about to endure.
Jesus asked that His suffering would be taken away, but nevertheless praying for God the Father’s will to be done.
When we release the control we have over our lives, it requires faith, trust, and lots of courage.
If God Is Love Then Why Is There Suffering?
Why does our loving Father allow us to feel pain and suffering?
Suffering allows us to be refined.
In Isaiah 48:10 it says, “…I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Pain and suffering have a way of bringing our strengths and weakness to the surface.
God skims it off, and He purifies and refines us.
When we turn to God in our pain, He can use our suffering to mature our faith.
You may ask, “God abandoned His Son in His hour of need! Will He abandon me too?”
The answer is No.
He did not abandon His Son; God raised Jesus three days later from the dead!
Because of Jesus ultimate sacrifice on the cross, not only did He carry our sins, but He also carried our illnesses and suffering.
In Isaiah 61:3 scripture tells us that, “He gave a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, and a festive praise instead of despair.”
The cross brings healing from sickness.
Isaiah spoke about How Jesus would carry our weakness and our sorrows.
“Yet in our weakness He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. – Isaiah 53:4a
Maybe today is the day to let go of your pain and suffering and take it to the cross.
Jesus paid for your healing.
In sickness or health, your life is made whole through your faith and the salvation of the Lord.