God's Purpose for Pain
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brothers." Romans 8:28
When tragedy strikes, loss occurs, and the unforeseen becomes a reality, the first question we ask ourselves is normally, “Why would God allow this to happen?” Why would a God of Love, allow things to occur that cause so much hurt? These and a host of other questions becomes the cornerstone of doubt and unbelief in the lives of many people, and unanswered questions about the role of pain in our lives, leaves many questioning who God really is.
In Sunday’s sermon about Pain Management, we learned that while God does not cause bad things to happen, He does allow them. Pain is a part of God’s Purpose, and without it, we would never know Jesus, His love and the pain he bore for us. C.L. Lewis said, “Pain is God’s Megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” God can use pain to get our attention, and show His purpose for our lives. In either case, the purpose of pain is not to push us away from God, but to draw us closer, and for us to experience His Love.
We have all experienced pain to some degree. As you examine the pain in your life, pray that your perspective is one of purpose. It easy to adopt a negative attitude and view pain through the lens of our own hurt.
Adopting a new attitude about an area that has caused us pain is not easy. Therefore, identify a list of things that have caused you the most pain, and begin writing a list of small steps you can take to begin realigning your attitude.
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