On pain and suffering…

Worship, Gratitude and Joy will carry you through…

I could leave it there but let me share more of my heart with regards to the subject.

Over the last few months I’ve been in the biggest physical pain I have ever been in my life. Even with schedule 5 pain medication, the discomfort and pain have been unbearable. At first I was frustrated, then angry, and then, to the degree that I allowed Him to, the Holy Spirit performed surgery on my heart. It has been liberating and healing.

Everyone goes through difficult times of pain, suffering, loss, devastation, hurt, brokenness etc. I don’t pretend to be an expert on it although I’ve also had my fair share of hurt in this life. Everyone of us also have a choice of how we will journey through the pain, with resentment, anger and a victim mentality, or through worship, gratitude and joy regardless of our circumstances. Easier said than done, right?

In John 16 Jesus is talking to the disciples concerning what is about to happen and the Holy Spirit that will come. These words in verse 33 has stuck with me over the last few months: “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” 

And 1 Peter 1:6-7
“So be truly gladThere is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

All He was ever after is our hearts. That we will keep the faith no matter the circumstance. For me it has been a constant, daily deliberate choice to continue worshiping God and finding joy in His presence even though my body was hurting like hell.

We have a living hope. No situation is hopeless. His promises are true. He has for us a hope and a good future. There are countless testimonies of people running TO God in the midst of trials and how He came through for them. (Most recent example is my brother who was retrenched, with a pregnant wife and three children to feed. Let me know if you want to get in touch with him, he would love to share his testimony with you!)

He is faithful. He is love. He is kind. He doesn’t leave us abandoned and alone. He is with us in the midst of the storm. Ours is just to approach His throne of GRACE with boldness, to ask Him for strength when we are weak, and be humble enough to receive His grace, love and wisdom.

The most beautiful thing I’ve seen in disasters, chaos, pain and suffering, is when people come together to help one another. I’m sure you’ve seen in the news the devastation by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal and India, and the devastating mud slide in Sierra Leone. I would like to encourage you to read this post by Steve Murrell on how we should respond to natural disasters. I am personally extremely grateful for everyone who have supported me practically over the last few months.

What I’m saying is this, if you are facing a huge mountain (problem) today, I want to encourage you to look up, way above that mountain and see Him beckoning you to come up higher. He wants to show you unspeakable things that will give you hope and that will carry you through your trial. Where you are is not the end and won’t last forever.

Who are you becoming in the meantime?

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Feel free to leave a comment!

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