“Through Trusting, Deep Relationship with Him!”
When it comes to dealing with the hurt and pain we encounter during the journey of life, there is often an endless supply of advice that well-meaning Christians can offer. When we or those we love are hurting we want answers, and we want them NOW! We want a solution to ease the pain and to fix the problem. If there are delays in getting answers or finding solutions, we often find ourselves asking God or others, “Why?”, or “What haven’t I done properly?”, or “Why am I still facing this and how can I get over it?”.
Christians may view God as “The Answer” and the bible as “the answer book” for all of life’s problems. But is God really interested in simply fixing what’s broken and healing our pain so that we might live a conflict-free life? Is there any redeeming value in experiencing the many and varied insurmountable problems that this life seems to throw at us? If so, what is God’s purpose in it all?
So, how should we face the unchanging, obvious reality of suffering and pain in life? Are we just hopeless pawns in God’s sovereign hand that are just destined to suffer with no resolution? NO! But neither is God our spiritual bellboy who waves a magic wand to relieve us of all conflict and turmoil.
Could there possibly be a bigger picture to our Christian experience that includes all of the ups and downs of life that God is working for our intended good? (Romans 8:28) And if so what does that look like when it comes to dealing with pain and suffering?
As with everything in our Christian lives, we must begin with God - that God is good - and because He is Love, He is trustworthy. Apart from this absolute, we have no foundation on which to stand. He must be our life, our center, the core of who we are. For as Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” Again He said in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” Even so, Jesus promised us in John 16:33 “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
God’s primary purpose when it comes to healing is to heal that which hinders us from experiencing Him in relational intimacy. He wants to heal the wounds that are inside of us,in our soul; Wounds that often hinder us from experiencing relational intimacy with Him. Something has come between us and Him and He wants to heal that which is separating us from Him. He uses everything, even those things we would not consider to be for our good or even that which is evil. He is not the author of evil, nor does He cause evil, but nonetheless He will use all things for His glory.
We often struggle with the problem of pain in this world because there is no easy answer that will take away our pain. God is bigger than what we are struggling with and wants us to relationally enjoy Him in all things, not just by fixing it or taking it away, but allowing us the time to discover His loving goodness even in our darkest most painful moments of life. God’s remedy for our pain is not often in answers to our questions or solutions to our problems. It is much better! It is an invitation for us to experience a deep relationship of trust with Him.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit." (Jeremiah 17:7-8).