In the last post I talked about the different types of suffering we encounter as well as the purpose of each. Now it’s time to discuss how God would want us to deal with these experiences and feelings when we’re faced with them.
Here are some things to realize:
You can’t escape it.
First, you need to stop trying to think that because you’re a Christian life is supposed to be great and nothing bad will happen to you. That is a dangerous mindset and one that will always leave you hurt and confused. Unfortunately, suffering is apart of life just like sin is. As Christians it is our job to be prepared for such things so we can deal with them properly. We should also remember that one day we will be in Heaven where there is “no more death, crying, or pain” (Revelation 21:4).
Who is on your side?
You may be confused as to what God is doing in your life, but there is one thing you can know for certain: Satan is against you and he is always out to kill and destroy you. He will do whatever it takes to separate you from God and suffering is only one of his tools. Give the evil in your life credit where it is due. Don’t let Satan drive the wedge of doubt between you and God. Remember God is the one that is for you (Romans 8:31). God gives hope and a future and He doesn’t want you to spend eternity in Hell (Jeremiah 29:11). If there is any doubt of that, take it up with Jesus (James 1:5)
Steps to take.
In order to walk confidently on such a difficult path, it begins with humility. When everything is going right and our way it is easy to become proud and think we have everything under control. God reminds us that that is not so. The Bible also encourages us to “be exalted in our humility” because lowliness has a way of putting us back in our place (James 1:9).
The next thing to do is pray and seek God. Pray for wisdom which is more precious than treasure of all kinds (Proverbs 8:11). Pray for humility. Pray for the ability to forgive others as well as yourself. Pray not for God to take your situation away, but instead pray that He will pull you through and draw you closer to Him so that you may become a stronger warrior for God. Finally, thank God for what He is doing in your life.
Now it is time for you to decide how to act. If you are going through suffering of any kind whether it be through illness, grief, or a bad relationship, fear not and rejoice knowing our God works through what the enemy plans for evil and molds it into something beautiful and perfect (Romans 8:28).
My friends, are you going to let God carry you through the hurt, heal your pain, and teach you how to forgive?
If you need prayer for anything, just comment on the prayer request page or send me an e-mail: LJMeahl@yahoo.com