Pain. we all know that word. We all experience it at some point in our life. Pain can be physical or psychological. However we encounter it, there is always an indelible mark that is left.

The greatest problem with pain is that when we are in the midst of it, we can get a skewed view of God. If we look at God through our circumstances, we are hindered from truly seeing Him.

So, what do we do to keep this from happening? It starts with us.

First, we have to be totally committed to the fact that God loves us. Nothing, absolutely nothing, that occurs in our life happens outside of His love. That doesn’t mean that everything will be rainbows and butterflies. It means that He has purpose and reason behind everything we experience. If we are not convinced of His love, our first emotion will be one of anger and belief that God does not care about or love us. These are lies.

Second, we have to decide not to try and figure out what God is like while in the middle of our circumstances. We are in too much pain and, like mentioned earlier, our view might not be the clearest at that moment. Just rest in the fact that God loves you greatly.

Finally, rest in the fact that you have a relationship with your Heavenly Father. You can ask Him to reveal His purpose, His reason. He may never tell you. You may never fully understand until you see Him face to face. Meanwhile, while waiting on the Holy Spirit to reveal it, just keep trusting. Keep seeking Him. Keep resting in HIs promises.

Beloved, if you are His, He loves you so much. The pain is temporary. Though you may feel alone, He has not forgotten you. You are the apple of His eye. He sees you. He loves you. He hears your cries. He knows the pain you experience.

Don’t stop following God. Don’t give up the pursuit of living a life devoted to Him. It will be so worth it, my friend! If we pursue through the pain, we may be able to say as Job did:

“But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.” Job 6:10