For those of you who have accepted the Lord as your personal Savior, you’ve turned from your worldly ways, you have been born again of the water and of the spirit, and have been running for Jesus a long time; you have come to know, and resolved yourselves to the fact, that there is pain and suffering along this Christian journey. However, for those of you who have newly surrendered your lives unto the Lord, you may have thought that you would now go through life on a flowery bed of ease. Perhaps, at one time or another, many who are now serving the Lord in the beauty of holiness, once postulated or presupposed this same notion. Then one day, for one reason or another, you had an epiphany! You became cognizant of the fact, that there are tribulations, hardships, and adversity, along this Christian journey.
Jesus, who knew no sin, was our perfect example. I Peter 2:22 says, “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not, but committed Himself to him that judgeth righteously. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Jesus suffered vicariously for us, that we might be saved from the wrath to come. One Scripture that we should always be mindful of is Isaiah 53:5, which states, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.” Jesus suffered on Calvary’s Cross, He was scourged, a crown of thorns was placed upon His head, and He was spat upon and mocked. When they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. And they crucified Him. If our Lord, who knew no sin, suffered, we certainly are not exempt from suffering in this present world. There was purpose behind His pain. He suffered, bled, and died for us, that we might gain eternal life!
Suffering comes for various reasons. Sometimes we suffer, because of something we have brought upon ourselves. Sometimes the Lord allows us to go through trials and tribulations, because He is making us and molding us into vessels unto honor. Sometimes He is getting us ready for the work that has been assigned to our hands. The Lord does not always share with us why we go through some of the divers trials and tribulations that come our way. However, we must realize, that according to the Scriptures, “All things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose.” As we go through our trials and tribulations, it’s wonderful to know that we are not going through alone! Jesus is with us, and sometimes He may be carrying us to the other side of “through!” The troubles, trials, and onerous tribulations that we endure, “For our light afflictions which are but for a moment, worketh in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight in glory”, according to II Corinthians 4:17-18.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He and His disciples met a man which was blind from his birth. His disciples asked Him, “Who did sin, the man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” Jesus spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. The Lord told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. What a testimony! Sometimes the Lord will allow calamities and tribulations to come upon us, that His Glory might be made manifest to the world. Have you ever said to the Lord, “Have your way in my life?” Have you said to the Lord, “If you can use anything Lord, you can use me?” Sometimes you may not volunteer. God will handpick you for service, that He might be glorified, after you have suffered a while, and passed every test along the way.
II Corinthians 5:18 says, “And all things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trepasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” We are ambassadors for the Lord. Having been given the ministry of reconciliation, we are able to share our testimonies of deliverance, and receiving salvation, to sinners, that they may also be reconciled unto God. Yes, there is purpose behind the pain. Going through great tribulation and being delivered by the grace of God, increases our faith and trust in Him. We learn that God’s grace is sufficient for us, and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. We can testify to the fact that God answers prayers, and He can do anything but fail. We can testify that Jesus is Jehovah Rapha, the God that healeth thee, after going through a bout of sickness, and the doctors had no answers for us, but Jesus, “The Great Physician”, stepped in and miraculously healed our bodies! We can testify that Jesus is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our provider, after suffering from lack and need. We can testify that Jesus is Jehovah Shammah, the ever present one, when we suffer from isolation and loneliness. The Lord reminds us, that He will never leave us nor forsake us. You may be struggling right now, but there is purpose behind the pain! SO, HANG IN THERE!
In II Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul wrote, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the Revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart for me.” The Lord said unto Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul’s response was, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” There is purpose behind the pain! An excerpt of a message preached by Pastor Sheryl Brady, will speak to some of the reasons why we go through some of the things that we go through. She will elaborate upon the purpose behind the pain, in this anointed message! May the blessings of the Lord rest upon you, today and every day!