Blessing In Disguise
“So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
Are you in a season of suffering? Is your life consumed with physical, mental, or spiritual pain? At some point in our life, we all experience great pain and suffering; none of us escape it. So if you are in a season of pain and suffering, I want to speak a word of encouragement over you today.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 12, the Apostle Paul talks about a situation that was so difficult and so painful that even with his great faith he found himself asking the same question many of us do in our pain: “Where is God when I hurt so badly?” Or perhaps we ask, “Why would a loving God allow such pain in my life?”
The answer to those questions is this: our Heavenly Father has a much greater plan in mind for our lives than we have! And during seasons of great pain and suffering, God is doing a great ministry in our lives. He may allow suffering to keep you humble, like He did with Paul. He may allow the pain to draw you into a more intimate friendship with Christ. The most important thing we need to realize about suffering is that God has designed it to remind us of our need for a Savior and that earth is not our final home.