Coping With Pain And Suffering
Pastor Herman B. Holland
If God loves us, why does He allow us to suffer? Does He care about our pain?
We all experience pain in life. Pain can be physical, psychological, social or spiritual. What we should all remember is that God has a path for us and we must all walk down that path that has been chosen just for us.
In my many years of Pastoring, I have found that suffering and pain brings out our strengths and weakness. During this battle, many have experienced God at a much deeper and profound level. They came away with greater faith and love for God, while others turned away. Unfortunately, some only pray when there is suffering in their lives, and when things are better, they forget who walked beside them.
Turning toward God during our turbulent times will allow Him to use our suffering to mature our faith. Talk to God, keep your eyes upon Him and ask that He gives you strength and wisdom to cope with whatever may come your way. This path was chosen for you by Him, and He is by your side to the very end. The truth about suffering is that it prepares Christians for more glory.
We must learn to reconcile the reality of suffering and pain with a divine being who is all-loving and most merciful. As we look around our world today, full of misery and tragedy, we should seek God out more than ever before, asking for forgiveness and living our lives as He intended.
Don’t turn away from God when your path becomes unbearable. Take your hurts directly to Him and ask for His comfort and the ability to make the best choices possible to guide you down your path.
When we learn to own our pain on a spiritual walk with God, it is then that the healing process can take place. God is most gracious and kind in human suffering. Allow Him to walk beside you through your time of need. Offer all your suffering and pain up to Him and let His light guide and shine upon you.
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” ( Isaiah 58:8)