Pain has a Purpose

Loneliness. Fragmented relationships. Divorce. Emotional instability. Verbal abuse. Physical abuse. Unsuccessful career. Dreams unfulfilled. Promises broken. Favoritism. Financial uncertainty. Strained family relationships. Children who abandon their walk with Christ.

Is it really possible that God can take the pain in our life and have a purpose for it?

First, a couple premliminary thoughts:

  • God is not the author of sin.
  • God never condones an authority, spiritual or parental, taking advantage of a weaker individual.
  • God is not surprised by the circumstances and events of our life.

Knowing these things, how do I process the pain of my life?

  1. Hold tightly to the truth that God is in control – at all times.
    It is not easy to quote Romans 8:28, but He is the sovereign God who spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1). Who breathed into lifeless body life. Just as there is no two snowflakes exactly alike. There is no one like you at anytime, anywhere on our planet. He gave you that mom. He put you in that work environment. He placed you with those children and spouse. There are no mistakes or surprises in your life! He’s in charge.
  2. God can use sin, sinlessly.
    This point was brought to my attention a few years ago by one of our Couple’s Retreat speakers. He stated that only a divine God can use sin, sinlessly. Think through key stories in your Bible where sin took place and God used it in a miraculous fashion and did so in a sinless fashion. For example, Joseph eventually becoming second in command in Egypt? How about Esther? She was married to a pagan, unbelieving king who had multiple wives. He used Esther to save a nation. The ultimate example is Jesus Christ. God used sinful peoples hatred and unkindness to bring about redemption for the world.
  3. God is the “Great Cause-er” NOT the “Great Allow-er.”
    This is probably one of the greatest comforting truths that God has been teaching me. God does not simply allow painful events in my life. He places them there. Don’t believe me? Read Job. Another passage that may shed light is the man who was born blind in John 9:2, “And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” The point being made was there must have been sin involved and Jesus said, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

The whole purpose for his pain was that the works of God might be made manifest in him. Are you comfortable with that?

Are you ok that your whole life may serve one purpose – that the works of God might be made manifest?

2 Responses

  1. Thanks Joel. Great truths!

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