Pain is just a reminder of how much we need God, my own pain may mock my flesh but it beckons my soul to long more for His strength, grace, and peace.
In my pain I hear God's voice call to me, don’t fear, don’t worry, don’t be disheartened or discouraged for I am with you, I will lift you up on my wings and carry you, you will not stumble or fall, follow me and I will safely lead you home.
For those who don’t deal with chronic pain or sickness ,you may not understand the physical part of constant agony, but you do know what pain is, pain comes in many forms besides physical, it can be emotional or spiritual it can be mentally debilitating, remember none of us are immune to pain.
Pain can come from loss, disease, choices we make or others make, pain can hinder us and make us surrender to our emotions or feelings or pain can push us into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We can choose to walk in the chains of defeat or walk in the victory that God gives us through Christ Jesus.
C.S. Lewis said: “But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Is God shouting to you in your pain?
Are you listening?
God works all things out for our good and His glory, we must learn to listen, listen with our hearts, mind, and soul, He has more for you and me to do, and the world needs to hear God calling, how will they hear if you and I are chained in defeat? We need to surrender our pain to Christ let Him be our strength, so others will see and hear the voice of God calling to them to take up His yoke and follow Him.
I choose hope over helpless, I choose victory over victimhood, I choose to live each day in Christ to the fullest!
God’s word says this:
“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day or the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all harm; he will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.” Psalms 121:1-8CSB
My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being. Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and high regard with God and people. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight. Don’t be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.”Proverbs 3:1-9 CSB
“Now this is what the Lord says — the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel — “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you....everyone who bears my name and is created for my glory. I have formed them; indeed, I have made them.” Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes, and are deaf, yet have ears. All the nations are gathered together, and the peoples are assembled. Who among them can declare this, and tell us the former things? Let them present their witnesses to vindicate themselves, so that people may hear and say, “It is true.” “You are my witnesses” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. No god was formed before me, and there will be none after me. I — I am the Lord. Besides me, there is no Savior. I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed — and not some foreign god among you. So you are my witnesses” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “and I am God. Also, from today on I am he alone, and none can rescue from my power. I act, and who can reverse it?” Isaiah 43:1-2, 7-13 CSB
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; he was despised, and we didn’t value him. Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds.”Isaiah 53:3-5 CSB
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