I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NIV

Pain is something we all suffer at some point in our life, and some folks carry a much heavier burden and weight of hurt than others. It can feel unfair at times, because we see bad things happen to good people, and health pain being suffered by folks who could well do without it. There seems to be a very unbalanced distribution of who gets a painful medical condition and if was up to us, we would choose differently. Physical pain is hard to bear and usually visible. Many times it just can’t be hidden.

However, I would suggest that even harder to bear is heart or emotional pain. It’s not so visible, but can still hurt deep down where it lies hidden from view, at least from prying, public gaze, and those nosey ones who would love to know what went on in your life to cause it. So, what emotional pains do you and I carry? Could it be the hurt of a lost first love? The loss of a spouse? Infidelity? Not speaking out in defence of a loved one when you should have, and it cost you dearly? Squandering or gambling money away that your family desperately needed? Speaking out of turn when you should have kept your mouth tight shut? Harming a child in some way, and still feeling the shame years later? The list goes on.

When we feel any kind of pain, it is certain that God is near. In the heat of the moment you may not feel that way, but this will be confirmed for you in a little while, and in the testimony of others who have recognised God’s presence and taken His help. After all, we have the assurance from our great God that because you are a Christian you will not avoid pain, but when God walks that painful path with us, it is much easier to handle. Why? Because “God is faithful.”

No testing has overtaken you except ordinary testing. But God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability, but when he tests you, he will also bring about the outcome that you are able to bear it. 1 Cor 10:13


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