Purpose in the Pain
originally written 8 Nov 15
posted 13 Nov 15
photo by: Shirley/Missouri/November 2015
God didn’t cause…but God allowed the pain that was inflicted on Job.
That pain had a purpose…and a limit.
Job lost nearly everything: His children, his wealth, many of his friends.
His wife told him to curse God and die.
He was a righteous man that God knew had done nothing wrong.
There was none more blameless and upright on the earth.
God allowed Satan to inflict pain on him that was intense and unwarranted
but He would not allow Job to be killed. Satan had limits.
Even in the midst of such pain, Job remained faithful to the Lord.
After the time of testing was over, God restored Job’s fortune
to twice the amount than what he’d lost. He blessed him even more
in the latter part of his life than in the former part.
We may not know or understand what the purpose was in the suffering, but we can trust God’s heart for His children. His words to Satan clearly revealed that He was pleased with Job. The suffering did not come because of poor decisions on Job’s part. From this limited perspective, it seems to be a lesson for the generations
to follow that while we do not always understand God’s reasons,
we can trust His heart and that obedience brings blessing.  

There are times when we are allowed to see clearly the reason something happened the way it did, but we are not always given the “why”
(nor does the Creator of the Universe owe us any explanation at all for that matter). However, we can trust that nothing happens
without permission from our Creator God who remains on His throne today.
He has a purpose for each of us and no pain is wasted that we yield to Him.

Another person who suffered intensely without personal blame is Jesus.
Can you imagine the confusion for those close to Christ
when He was tried and wrongly convicted to a death sentence?
God allowed His Son to endure intense pain and suffering.
Why?

Because it was the only way we could have hope
of having the broken relationship with our Creator God restored.
Sin required a sacrifice.
There was none more pure than Christ.

God is the knot at the end of my rope. 
If that connection unraveled, I’d surely be lost.
Being separated from God was worse for Jesus than the physical torture.
Why choose that voluntarily if that was not absolutely necessary for our Salvation?
I cannot wrap my finite mind around the depth of such Love!

When we are enduring trials, it’s hard to keep our minds above the pain.
ESPECIALLY if that pain is unfair.
We have been given examples throughout Scripture
of others who endured times of testing.
We are instructed and encouraged to remain faithful throughout all trials.
That command to endure comes with a promise:

 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently,
I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come
on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
Revelation 3:10  

Situations in this world will most definitely get worse before Christ’s return.
Clinging to the Truth of God’s promises is
the only anchor strong enough to hold us steady.
We can trust Him to keep His promises.
All of them.


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