Day-in-and-day-out pain or suffering is a difficult aspect of life. Whether that pain is physical or mental, there are people that live with daily pain. How do you do that? Why does God allow it? I’m surely not a theologian. I am just one of God’s children who is seeking His Way and His Truth in all facets of my life. My faith grows stronger as I talk daily with my LORD. He teaches me that every day is an opportunity to learn something more from Him.
Suffering for ………
“For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.”~ Psalm 22:24
The more I read the Bible the more I see that God is always looking at His children and His Kingdom. “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14). It is the eternal life that God tries to teach us is the priority.
Throughout His Word, we can hear God’s assurance that He does see our pain and it does touch His heart. Paul, in speaking about his own suffering, tells us that hardship and pain bring perseverance and hope (Romans 5:2-5). James even says that the testing of our faith produces perseverance (James 1: 3-5). Most of us would not raise our hands to have the testing of our faith through pain and suffering. However, what these apostles have said is true.
It may be that when pain is a daily companion, it is even more important that God is an even closer companion. The understanding of how to continue to pray, like the persistent widow (Luke 18), for God to heal and yet continue to live with pain, is certainly an opportunity to spend a lot of time with God and grow in our relationship with Him. Answers may be slow to come and in their ability to provide peace to our spirit. But God is faithful and He will speak to our spirit with His Spirit and that can be a great relief.