No one likes pain. In fact, we try to prevent it. Yet, pain is a fact of life. We all experience pain. No one is exempt.
I’m glad you stopped by today. Perhaps you’re here because you read my devotion today, When Your Mess Becomes Your Message. If so, I hope my brother’s story of victory inspired and encouraged you. I also hope you noticed we serve a God who can make the impossible possible. That goes for you too.
Maybe you came here because you want to break free from pain. You want the hurting to stop. I understand. (Read my story here) It may be that you’ve tried other ways to deal with your pain. You’re not alone.
Some turn to drugs or alcohol. Others become compulsive shoppers, gamblers or overeaters. Then there are those who inflict themselves with pain in order to numb the hurt within. Some give up and choose bitterness. They harden their hearts toward those who love them. All these methods are destructive. This you know. Yet something inside causes you to wonder, “Is there a way out? Will the pain ever go away? Can I be healed?”
The answer is a resounding, “Yes!” God is in the healing business.
Here are some truths you need to know, believe and meditate on.
- God is available to you.
- He loves you.
- God has not forgotten you.
- God sees beyond today.
- He is faithful.
- He is able.
- He hasn’t given up on you.
- There is purpose in your pain.
Pain is a tool that God uses for our good. He never wastes our pain.
Here’s what He can do with your pain:
- Show you more of Himself than you’ve yet seen
- Train you in righteousness
- Increase your faith and dependence on Him
- Allow others to see His sustaining grace as you trust his healing hand
- Conform you to Christ’s image
- Use you to bring comfort and inspiration to others. (Just as He’s done in my life and in my brother’s life.)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Cor. 1:3–4)
I’d love to pray for your needs today. Leave your prayer request in the comment section. Then, in keeping with the verse above, I invite you to pray for the person who posted before you.
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May each of you walk in peace today.