The Purpose of Pain

“He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes…..(1 Sa 3:18).


I’ve gotta be honest, sometimes I don’t always like what God does, especially when it’s painful.
Due to the result of sin, God allows for pain and suffering to come into our lives, for our ultimate good and for His great glory. The flesh and the spirit wrestle inside of the believer, God desires for us to become brand new, which means a pressing, reshaping and reforming must take place. The old person must die out if we truly want to be more like Jesus. We cannot become something brand new if we are not willing to walk through the refinement process.
The process of being made new can be painful, however, the fruit it produces in the end is the purpose of the pain. Therefore, we can praise God along the way, knowing that something good and glorious will come as a result of our present affliction.
The longer we wrestle with God over it the longer we will stay in the place of affliction. Some of us have lived in the place of affliction for years, refusing to let go of our bitterness over the pain placed upon us so long ago. God desires for us to feast upon the bounty of HIs grace in the land of the living, to see His goodness and praise Him in our present circumstances knowing that He is working them all together for our good and for His great glory.
This means we must let go and learn to fully trust God, trusting His heart, His plans and His purposes. Taking up the reigns of control or shaking a fist at God will never produce the fruit for why the pain was brought into our lives. Learning to let go, believe and trust in the greatness of God produces great fruit for His kingdom. As we do this, we see the miracles of God become certain realities in our own lives. We see lives saved for the glory of God through the submission of our obedience to follow, even in the midst of great suffering.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Gen 50:20

Jesus, I submit myself to your purposes. Sometimes I have a hard time letting go, it is my lack of faith and my stubborn self will that tries to press in. Forgive me when I take my eyes off of your greatness and place them upon my pain. Jesus, you see me and you love me. You are all I need. Thank you for your great love. I can trust you, because your plan is perfect. Let others see Christ in me, in all seasons of life, let them see Jesus. I long to let you be the truest thing about me. I submit myself to you and your will, so that you may do what you see fit in my life for your glory, in Jesus name, amen.

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