Friday, June 25, 2021

When You Are In Pain


BySarah Geringer 

I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

Psalm 69:29

When you are in pain, where do you turn first? You may be suffering from physical, emotional, relational or spiritual pain today, and I promise that God wants to help you in it.

I'm sure you already know that God doesn't always immediately remove pain. You probably have stories of people you know who have suffered for years with pain. Maybe that's you. So why turn to God first when you are in pain?

Something important to remember: God is bigger than your pain. When I'm in pain, I often reread Job 1 & 2. It helps me remember that God controlled Job's pain and put limits on it. He is controlling and limiting your pain too.

Your pain may also be related to spiritual warfare, like Job's pain. Often, our pain is a test in the spiritual realm, where God is refining and strengthening our faith before our enemy's eyes. You may not realize it at the time, but you will probably be able to look back someday and see how your pain was a spiritual test.

Our focus verse offers you hope in your pain. David honestly lays his pain out before God in this verse and the rest of Psalm 69. He does not hide his pain from God, or deny that he's experiencing it. He is honest with God about his pain.

No matter what pain you are suffering, you can cry out to God for rescue. He wants us to trust him first for rescue. God wants us to believe in his saving power, which is stronger than any human, natural, medicinal or technological power. Every time I have thought I was at the end of my rope in emotional pain, God showed me a new way to trust him and handle the problem with his help.

Though God may not immediately remove your pain, he is always right beside you in it. He wants you to be honest and cry out to him for help, as often as you need to do it. The more you trust God in your pain, the stronger your faith will be, even if God doesn't remove it.

Listen to my podcast about handling pain with God's help HERE.

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