When We Suffer

A Biblical Perspective On Chronic Pain And Illness

Why we suffer may always remain a mystery on this side of eternity. However we can gain certain truths from God’s Word.

If God loves us so much, why do we suffer? Whether your a Christian or not, it’s a question that comes up repeatedly during times of illness and tragedy. In times of distress, we want to know that our suffering matters to God and that He cares about our pain.

Sometimes a fresh word May in fact be a timeless one. Truths that are timeless often need only the time brushed away in order to reveal the polished product that has shined the entire time.

Pastor TimHager asserts that we suffer because we live in a fallen world. When sin entered the world, death also entered and Chronic pain, illness, and disease are a form of death.

Despite this harsh reality, I urge anyone suffering to take their questions to God rather than allow them to become a wedge in their relationship with Him.

If we follow the example in Psalms, which says to cry out to God as though taking Him to task for our problems, those who persist in their conversation with Him, will eventually receive their answer and reinforce their faithfulness toward Him.

Suffering in many ways, remains a mystery, one that we will never fully understand on earth. We can however learn from God’s Word.

Suffering Produces Intimacy With God. – Job 42:5

  • Job endured unspeakable suffering, he said “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you. Intimacy with God is often born in the furnace of affliction. There’s an opening of the soul that happens during times of stress . During suffering, we experience God at a deep profound level.

Suffering Equips Us To Comfort Others. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

  • Suffering gives us compassion for others who are hurting, enabling us to help people more effectively. Sufferers want to be ministered to by people who have suffered,

People who suffer want people who have suffered to tell them there is hope. They are justifiably suspicious of people who appear to have lived a life of ease

Piper, John and Justin Taylor (Suffering and the Sovereignty of God)

Those who have suffered make the most effective comforters.

Suffering Refines Us. –Isaiah 48:10

Isaiah 48:10 says, “I have refined you, though not as silver, I have tested you in the fur of affliction.”

The meaning of this verse makes it clear that pain and suffering have a way of bringing our strengths and weaknesses to the surface. When the dross floats to the surface, God skims it off, He purifies and refines us to be the radiant bride of Christ we need to be at the end of days.

Suffering Produces Growth And Maturity. -James 1:2-4

  • If we turn toward God in our pain, He can use our suffering to mature our faith. We see this biblical truth illustrated through the persecuted church. After hearing the testimonies, few would deny that suffering produces beauty and maturity of spirit.

Suffering Conforms Us Into God’s Image. -Romans 8:28-29

  • We may be tent to read these verses to say that God will bring good out of everything. While He can and does redeem pain in our lives, these verses speak of being conformed to God’s image through our suffering.

Through horrendous experiences, God does incredible things. Simply put, when we seek God through His Word and prayer, we find Jesus. Remember, Jesus understands our pain because He too, suffered.

Psalm 22:1 reads “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me? So far from the words of my groaning?“

Did God abandon His Son in His hour of suffering? We find the answer three days later. God raised Him from the dead. Because of this promise, we can have hope for our future.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9

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