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Until Then

October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

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brokenroadUnanswered pain won’t go unanswered forever…but it sure feels like it sometimes. Pain is a former thing that will one day pass away. Life has a way of bringing challenges into our lives that at times seem too much to endure. Aches, limitations and even permanent limitation haunt many this side of eternity. Depression that is inescapable and scarring that runs through the soul unhealed, call for many to give up…and they do.

For all the bad things pain brings…pain also acts as a signpost pointing to an end to pain forever. Pain has a small whisper calling for you to endure anyway. Pain speaks with a faint voice of courage and resourcefulness; calling us to take hold of the future that will one day be ours. Pain calls to you to help others who are going through similar pain until the pain is no more.

Revelation 21:4b stands true, “neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” You will have a new body in the age to come. You will be untouched by the things of this present age. Pain, disease and any limitations will be forever cast aside.

For now, there is a call to press on, a call to endure by the power of His grace, which is sufficient for all things and all circumstances. Paul asked the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh. The answer he received from the Lord was simply this, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Until then…

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The Library of Congress has over 34.5 million books. (Not including photographs, maps, music and manuscripts.) All of the items make up the story of world history.

If it were possible to read every book, look at every picture, listen to every piece of music, you would discover that even though the world is a grand and beautiful place…something is just not fully right. There is still a lot of pain in the world. But you know…you didn’t need me, or the Library of Congress to tell you that. All you have to do is look around or look within, and pain raises its ugly head

However, in the middle of all of the pain, there’s a truth that points us to a rescuer. His name is Jesus and he said in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

When it comes to pain, we are often given only two choices–fight or flight.

However, there is a third option for a Christ follower. You can take the hand of God, submit to His plan, and walk through the pain, and out the other side. We live in a world were the church will sometimes hurt you. The people of God and life will sometimes hurt you. Even Following God will often bring pain to your life, but following God is the only thing that will eventually do away with all of the pain. Allow the next statement to sit in your heart today and think about it.

The plan of God is more important than your pain, because it’s the plan of God that will eventually take the pain away forever.

 

Do you believe that God has a plan for you life?  Do you feel left out in the desert of pain, forgotten by people and God? What if I told you that God’s plan could include a lot of pain, that it will be difficult, if not nearly impossible to understand in the now, but will eventually work out if you follow Him? Would you still want to embrace His plan for your life? Hagar did!- she felt forgotten; she felt pain, and she felt marginal.

You can read her story in Genesis 16 and 21. She found out that God is the God that sees and hears. Guess what? He sees and hears you also. You are not forgotten and your pain will not last forever.

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emotional-painIf  you’re alive, you will face emotional pain from time to time. There will be times that sadness will overtake you and it will seem like you have no control over its weight upon you at all. It could be that you have been hurt really bad by a close  friend, or you have suffered a family member dying recently.

Whatever has your emotions out of control…the pain is real and it hurts. You may be at the point where you are full of grief over it, and you simple wish there was an instant cure but sadly, you know that’s not how it works. Emotional pain, just like physical pain, subsides over time. You must hold on to that truth and trust it.

Below are some things you can think on while your pain is being healed.

1. Understand That Pain Has a Purpose

  • Like I said, if you’re alive you will have emotional pain. In other words, it’s a normal part of life. God can use pain in your life because He will never waste anything.
God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29).  ~ Jerry Bridges
2. Embrace The Pain.
  • Again, there is no instant cure. You must allow the feelings to be felt. Don’t cover them up. Don’t deny them. Feel them.
I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.  ~ Charles Spurgeon
3. Strength Can Come From Pain
  • You would be amazed at how walking through your pain instead of trying to escape it instantly can actually cause you to become stronger in faith.
I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.  ~ Elizabeth Elliot
4. Pain Allows You To Experience The Grace Of God
Paul said: “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

5. Read These Two Books Of The Bible

  • Both Ecclesiastes and Job. Both of these books deal with the complete range of human emotion, particularly the harder “negative” emotions no one likes to dialog about.

SPECIAL NOTE: if you are have thoughts of suicide because of ever increasing emotional pain please seek professional help from a licensed councilor for help. You are valuable and the world needs you with us.

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