WHEN IN PAIN REALIZE
GOD WILL BE GOD

In times of pain it easy to want to "throw in the towel". If not that then we find ourselves struggling with the inner turmoil of either begging God to change our circumstances or entertaining and harboring hard thoughts against God, thoughts concerning His character, yea, even His judgements on our behalf.

As hard as it seems, God uses these times of intensity to humble us to seek further His ways. In Deut 8:2 we read, And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

The issue in our adversity then is not our pain but that God is Sovereign and our place is one of utter silence before Him.Psalm 46:1 declares, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.

Has your world ever been moved from under you? Hear what the Almighty declares in this the 10th verse of Psalms 46 "Be still, and know (discern) that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

How interesting that the word ‘still' in this verse is the Hebrew word for raphah {raw-faw'}; a primitive root; which means to: mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure:--cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair thoroughly, make whole.

Having hard thoughts against God is something we must guard against. We have all at one time or another questioned God's wisdom when it comes His using pain in our lives as a "means of grace". Yet, in spite of our discomfort we must discern that God is God. It is He who is to get the recognition in our lives and not our pain.

There is a song, I don't remember its title, but the last line of the lyrics goes something like this, ‘when you can't see His hand trust His heart.' Can I get an A-men on that one. In 2Thessolians 1:4,5 we read concerning this;

We ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a clear sign of the decision which God in his righteousness has made; to give you a part in his kingdom, for which you have undergone this pain; Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power (KJV, BBE): 2Thess 1:4,5,11

Now consider these other two passages as well;

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God John 16:33 Ac 14:22

What we have in these verses should put to rest any reservations that God is God even in the midst of extreme pain and difficulties. In fact, our adversity should give us great reason for rejoicing for they are proof that we have indeed been called;

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Pe 1:6,7 1Pe 5:10

It is a fact that those who enter the kingdom of God will go through great tribulation. The means by which God will purify us will very, and our submitting ourselves to them is proof that we are entering into the fellowship and sufferings of Christ Himself. Therefore the very fact that we are persevering through these times of pain and difficulty only proves that God is God and that all His judgments are indeed righteous.

These are great and timely truths to rest our faith and hope on. Yes, God is God and all that His does is good. Pain is not a meaningless exercise we have to endure, we can see this most clearly in the life of our Lord Himself, of whom we read,

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Hebrews 5:7-9

Aren't you glad Jesus pressed through all the pain, set His own will aside, and honored the Father. We are told He did all of this in order that He should leave us an example that we would follow in His foot steps.

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For The Glory Of His Name
Whether By Life Or Death
Brother Dan

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