Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. – Colossians 1:24
The great professor and author C. S. Lewis once wrote on the subject of pain,
So often, Christians experience pain on seemingly intolerable levels. Yet what keeps them going through the hard times and trials of life is the fact that God is in control. In fact, God is so in control that He often will appoint suffering to His people in order to help them strengthen their dependence on Him.
Yet unfortunately today, much of the Christian message has been distorted, with many “preachers” of the Word proclaiming that God only wants us to be healthy, wealthy, and prosperous. This is a dangerous message not only because it isn’t biblical, but because it directly contradicts the experiences of so many faithful followers of Christ.
Pain is real. But in Christ, you have the hope that it’s temporary. So if you’re suffering today, deepen your dependence on God and remember that there will come a day when all pain will end and you’ll be with the Lord forever!
Ask God to give you the strength to persevere through pain and fully rely on Him through hard times.
Questions for thought
Why does it so often take a trial or major struggle to strengthen our dependence on God?
Think about the most painful time of your life. In what ways did you experience the nearness of God?