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God’s Statements about Pain

God’s Statements about Pain

As we discuss God statements about pain, we want to remind you of some of the things that God has promised. He has promised that he loves us. We must remember that Jesus Christ voluntarily came to this earth to die for our sins. It was His choice He placed our need for salvation above His own glory and comfort that He enjoyed while He was living in heaven with God the Father. I can think of no greater concern for mankind then freely coming to this earth to redeem sinful mankind. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

His promised that He will never leave us. John 14:18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. And again the Hebrew writer tells us that he said: Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” What a comforting statement that is that a sovereign God of this universe has our concerns and needs in mind for us at all times. He will not allow anything to occur to us that will harm us, because He has sacrificed His one and only Son for us so that each of us has an opportunity for salvation. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

The other thing that we must remember is that God cannot lie. Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began. This is the same God that has stated that He will never leave you, He cannot lie.

God makes three statements about pain.

1. A life without adversity is not an option. Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake. Also, God states that it is a privilege to suffer. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.

2. Everyone does something with their pain. They numb it; with alcohol, with drugs, with food, with sex, or they cover it with anger. There is an old adage that states “hurt people hurt people”. The person that has hurts you has possibly been hurt by someone in the past. Hebrews 12:8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

3. Our pain displays God’s glory. Our pain is intended to display God’s glory we are here to reflect God’s glory. Isaiah 43:7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” We are here to display the attributes of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29), to mirror His attributes, to become as nearly like Jesus Christ as possible. Nothing reflects God’s glory more clearly than pain. Understanding the concept of God’s glory is the only thing that will offset the reality of the pain that we are experiencing. Job was blameless, upright, feared God, and stayed away from evil (Job 1:1). Yet in Job 10:2 Job feels he is the victim. He felt so strongly about this that he said in Job 13:15 that even if God killed him, he would defend himself to God’s face. God has wronged me and tighten His rope around me (Job 19:6). If only I could find God, I could state my case to Him (Job 23:1-10). Eventually God speaks to Job in chapters 38 through 41. God’s response to Job is you cannot understand My ways are not your ways. You are way out of your league Job, when you asked these questions that you asked in chapter 38. God does not answer Job by telling him why. God answered Job by showing Job who is in charge of this world, God is sovereign. In Psalm 32 David had great peace after his repentance, this Psalm was probably written just after Psalm 51 where David had committed sin with Bathsheba, Psalm 51 was written after Nathan’s visit with David. David had realized that he had sinned. In Psalm 32:6-11 it is revealed to us that faith in God is the greatest reliever of lives pain and cares.

How have you displayed God’s glory in the adversity that you have experienced?

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