Is Your Pain God's Will?

This Rest Ministries devotion spoke to my spirit today so I wanted to share it with you all.  I hope that it ministers to you as well.  Please pass it along to those in your life who may need to hear this word from the Lord as well.  This is not only referring to physical pain, like in my case.  But it can also apply to emotional pain.  God bless you today!

Luke 22:42…"Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me;
yet not My will, but Thine be done." In the Old Testament, the cup is
often used as the symbol of divine wrath against sin. On the very
next day, Jesus Christ would bear the sins of many and the fullness
of divine wrath would fall on His shoulders. This was the price of
sin that He, Jesus, bore and He paid it in full. His cry of anguish
in Matt. 27 ("My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?") expresses
the extreme level of bitterness of the cup of wrath He was given.
However, this does not imply that there was any conflict between the
will of the Father and the will of the Son. It was a perfectly normal
expression of His humanity that He would shrink from the cup of
divine wrath. Those of us who experience pain on a daily basis have
some of the same normal expressions as we live our humanity. But even
though the cup was ugly and painful beyond perception, He willingly
took it, because it was the will of the Father.

Have you ever wondered if what you are experiencing is the will of
the Father? Is it possible that there is something or someone at work
producing something far greater than your comfort from pain? I
experience pain that, at some times, literally brings me to tears and
still I know that there are others out there in far worse shape than
I am. I want so strongly, to follow the will of the Father, no matter
how much is hurts. What we see in this prayer is that Jesus was
consciously, deliberately, and voluntarily turning over all of His
human desires to the Father’s perfect will. So there was no conflict
between the Father and the Son, or between the deity of Christ and
His human desires. I see so much more of the Father in my life when I
turn "my desires" over to His will.

Today, you are reading this devotion and you don’t know how to get
the hurt to stop and the peace to flow within your spirit. The level
of pain is so intense you cannot concentrate on Jesus or the Father
or spiritual matters at all. You need to close your eyes and allow
the next verse (22:43…"Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven,
strengthening Him.") to minister to you. Realize that your situation
may have far reaching consequences to others as they see you carry
your cross.
I’m not speaking "out of school." I know exactly what I
am talking about and have a pretty good idea of what you are feeling.
You can’t fix it. So why not ask God to comfort you while you
experience it? You’ll be blessed and so may someone else.

I pray that God would be just the ointment you need today.

Dave

About the Author
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Dave Stallings lives in Phoenix , Arizona with his wife of 36 years,
Barbara, who also suffers a serious Fibromyalga and MCS, and their
dog, Captain Jack along with their kids and grand kids ! Dave is a
semi-retired pastor and loves to blog on his personal web page since
being diagnosed with Stage IV incurable non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two
and a half years ago…his motto is "It is what it is and God is not
surprised".his website is www.nowwhut.org and his blog is
www.nowwhataz.blogspot.com, and he can be reached by email at
mailto:dstallings2@qwest.net

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One thought on “Is Your Pain God's Will?

  1. I love that devotional and I think it seperates the true believer from that of the "casual believer".

    I notice that in churches they talk about the good things about accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour but leave out the other part about being a Christian, such as we will have trials and tribulations and being a Christian doesn't instantly erase our world and the pain and the suffering….It's to give us hope, peace and comfort that yes, God does understand and He has overcome but He also does not provide a cushy life either and it's not that He hates us, but our trials and tribulations and yes, even our pains, is a source for spiritual growth and maturity.

    It helps us to grow and become more Christ-like
    (Romans 8:29)

    "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:2-4,12).

    God is a good God and though we in our human state feel like crumbling sometimes, the reality is that God really doesn't give us anymore than what HE knows we can and would be able to endure…

    I have a verse on my site about Habbukak (I am always misspelling the book's name) and it amazes me that though this man's home is about to face an onslaught of devasation…He doesn't buckled under the fear and the stress, but goes…"Hey there are no leaves…the fig tree is dying, but I will STILL rejoice in the Lord).

    "…rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:3-5)

    God loves us so much and He knows without Him, we would give in to our sins and fall…So He provides us with escape routes, NOT to turn away from Him, but to train and learn to TURN to Him always…

    Like a parent, He challenges us to become what He knows we are capable of becoming.

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