Gaining Through Pain
July 31, 2011 Comments Off on Gaining Through Pain
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” [This is] the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”—Isaiah 55:8–9
We cannot see the future, so we don’t know what lies ahead. Some of our toughest times in our life are the devils best attempts at trying to keep us from accomplishing or doing something that we don’t know lies ahead.
In my mind, there are 3 main purposes of pain:
1. To keep me from accomplishing my future (Devils method)– even though sometimes we don’t know there actually is something ahead. Our greatest pains are on the eve’s of our greatest potential.
So often times we associate pain with correction; meaning, we think God punished us because we messed up. However, I believe that sometimes our greatest heartaches and gut wrenching circumstances are on the eve (whether that be hours, days, or weeks) prior to something great in our life. You are on the eve of getting connected with the course that is about to enable to you to change the world for God.
If the devil can’t get you to deny the existence of God, he’s going to get you to question the goodness of the God you serve.
2. To alter the course of where we are taking our life (God’s method). Like a railroad track switch. To change courses, they change the switch. Conductors alter the path of trains by changing the track that the train is on by engaging the switch, but the train has to slowdown to ensure not to be derailed.
If we’re focusing too much on ourselves, God is going to alter our path by engaging in our life a period of long-suffering to think over our life to make sure we don’t crash and burn. We live our life with every priority possible, but God. So what does God do? He allows long-suffering in our life to provide the time that you were unable to make for yourself to adjust the course of your future goals.
3. For God to be glorified (Our turn). People watch to see your reaction to situations because you matter to them. They want to know “How can he still go to church and praise God when that just happened?”.
Humans are curious when you praise the One that allows you to go through this difficult time. Sometimes your greatest witness you will ever have in your entire life will be you simply praising and worshipping God when everything is falling apart. God’s greatest servants are served the greatest trials. Why? Because if we’re truly to be Christ like, we have to be Christ like and suffer beyond all reason to learn to truly depend on God.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3)