Saved By Suffering

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One of the most common testimonies of how people gave their lives to Jesus includes people who were at the end of the rope. You may have heard of such stories, of people getting saved in prison, in turmoil, in extreme pain, in lack, in chaos and in storms. One of the main reasons being that they have come to a point of realization that no human effort or power can save them, they acknowledge their need for a higher power: A power that is above all human effort. In such cases, pain and suffering is good.

We were not created to suffer, but it is part of our life here on earth. In this world we face trouble: When suffering comes we are called to persevere because our God has overcome the world.

It is part of human nature to run to God when things have fallen apart. It is however advisable to always run to God, whether in peace or in the storms. At times we need the storms to humble us and draw us back to God. Paul reminds us that even though the thorn in the flesh causes pain, the pain is good if it is for God’s glory. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2nd Cor 12:9-10)

In this season of a global pandemic, many have been humbled; they have realized how fragile life is and what should be prioritized. Many have learnt to hold on to Christ even when there is no physical church and brethren to hold hands with in prayer. Many have come to that place of acknowledging that only God can save, only God can heal, only God is in charge of our lives. In such a case, pain and suffering is good. When we are clothed in confidence that all things happen for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose, then we endure pan and rejoice in storms knowing that something good will come out of it.

Jesus saved us through pain, humiliation and suffering. It happened for your good. The pain and suffering you are going through also has a purpose, as hard as it is to believe, it is happening for your good. Maybe it is to humble you, maybe it is to strengthen you, maybe it is to reveal God’s power or maybe it is to save you from sin. When you are weak, God’s power is made known. Surrender to God and allow Him to reveal to you the purpose of your pain.

Selah

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