Pain, Suffering & Hope

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Life can get so overly chaotic and busy that many of us slip deep into the grooves (and comforts) of our routines — so deep that we forget the profound and abounding mysteries surrounding us.

We somehow take it all for granted, pushing to the wayside the deeper, greater — more eternal — things that truly matter and focusing, instead, on the temporal.

As humans, we crave routine and distraction; we lament change, and we seek comfort. It’s easier to focus on the here and now then on the then and when, especially when we’re experiencing good things.

Unfortunately, life isn’t always comfortable.

Sometimes it is downright painful, agonizing, confounding and maddening — filled we events and happenings we simply can’t understand.

We get overwhelmed, disheartened and even disgusted. And we are then snapped out of our comfy routines and distractions. And these ill-fated wake-up calls come in many forms.

When chaos, illness and pain set in, our first reflex might be to question God. We might ask Him many “whys” and “why nots,” which is understandable considering our humanity. But, in the midst of our pain and uncertainty — in the middle of the troubling or confusing mystery — we must push past our emotions to recognize that we have only one constant: Christ.

We might not understand why we aren’t getting relief, why a healing isn’t coming for a loved one or why God has allowed an unfortunate event to unfold.

But what we can comprehend is God’s promise: To always be with us.

No matter what you face, here are some verses worth praying over this week:

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

John 16:33 (NIV)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

God is with you no matter what. See the complete list of scriptures here.

Billy Hallowell