Finding Purpose Amidst Pain

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

November 6, 2023

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Finding Purpose Amidst Pain

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Romans 8:17-18, "Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."

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Life's road can often be filled with potholes of pain. From personal heartbreaks to global crises, pain is an inescapable part of our human experience. It's a stark reminder of our broken world, marred by sin and imperfection. But this pain doesn't have to exist without purpose.

Our challenge isn't simply the existence of pain, but how we respond to it. Some allow pain to lead them into despair or anger, while others search for fleeting distractions. However, looking at the scriptures, we find a different call. Jesus, in his wisdom, teaches that those who mourn will find comfort. The Spirit guides us to bring our pain to him, to lay it at his feet, and to trust that he not only understands, but offers peace that can only come from him.

Imagine a trusted friend who, rather than dismissing your feelings, sits beside you in your darkest hour, comforting and understanding your pain. That's the image of our God, one who sees our pain, knows it deeply and offers hope beyond it.

In view of eternity, our current struggles, as real and raw as they may be, are fleeting. Paul reminds us in the Book of Romans that the glory that awaits us is far greater than any pain we can comprehend now. So, while the hurt may be undeniable, our hope in Christ is unwavering.

Apply

Today, take a moment to reflect on a personal pain or struggle you've experienced. Instead of hiding it or masking it, bring it to God in prayer. Be honest in your emotions, knowing that he understands. As you pray, ask for the strength to see beyond the immediate hurt and embrace the eternal hope that God offers. Reach out to a fellow Christ follower in your local church and share your journey, allowing them to stand with you in faith and solidarity.

Pray

Heavenly Father, my pain sometimes feels overwhelming, but I know that you see, understand, and offer comfort. Help me keep my eyes on your eternal promise, knowing that today's trials can't compare to the glory that awaits. I lean on your strength and trust in your love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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