How to Walk Through Pain and Suffering in Our Lives
Recently, I was honored to have my friend, Linda ask me to speak to her college class about the above topic. As I was preparing, I was able to put into words why I believe that God has not failed or disappointed me…despite such difficult times.
When going through hardships and devastating losses it is very normal to ask questions such as “Why?” “Why Me?” “God why won’t you…?” plus a whole lot more. Asking these questions, feeling the emotions, and wishing for a different reality is normal and part of the grief process. It’s normal to feel disappointed with how things are going.
What has helped is how I see God and my world view:
- The world is not fair, and it’s not supposed to be
- God never promises no hardships, in fact just the opposite
- Bad things happen – we live in a fallen and sinful world
- The world we want isn’t here, it is in heaven
- God has not failed or disappointed me
- The one thing He does promise is that He will be with me through whatever I’m going through…and He always keeps that promise
- He decides these things, I don’t decide these things
- What I do decide is how I handle it…how I cling to Him, how I care for myself, how I use whatever is happening for greater good, how I let God use me to bless others. That is what I try to put my time and energy into.
Following are some verses that bring me great comfort, especially when discouraged
I hope they will to you as well. Don’t confuse what has happened with who God is. He is good, and will be with you no matter what you are going through.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
I was able to have my recent talk, Walking Through Pain and Suffering taped. You can watch it here on YouTube
I truly hope today’s post was helpful to you. I care about each and everyone of you, and would love to hear your response to what I’ve shared in the comments box below. Please share on social media, so others can benefit.
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