Why Does God Allow Us to Feel Pain?
Monday, April 27, 2015
Pain is a difficult thing to feel. It is however a part of life. One of the most difficult questions anyone can ask is, "Why does God allow us to feel pain?" It is a difficult question to tackle, but the answer for this particular question is commonly asked.
So why does the all-powerful, creator of the universe, almighty God allow us to feel such a painful emotion? Well the truth is that it is difficult to understand why. I feel as though this question should be looked at in a different perspective.
The word of God says that "His Ways are higher than our own" This means that we may not understand a lot of the reasons as to why God allows certain things to happen to us. He knows, and we certainly know that there is a reason for everything that happens, but we may never fully understand why. It especially difficult to decipher the reason why we feel pain the exact moment we are feeling it.
The word of God also says that God comforts us when we are hurt. We are often encouraged to run to God because He is our refuge and our helper.
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."-Psalm 18:2
Many unfortunately choose to not go to God and they start fighting on their own, but God promises to help us in our troubles and to embrace us when we are hurt.
Let us take a look at three possible reasons as to why we may encounter pain in our lives:
1. We can help people who have gone through something similar:
I never thought about it this way until recently. I attended a young woman's conference a while ago, and after the conference we had the opportunity to testify. I saw and heard one young girl who openly spoke about her past, this eventually led to another young girl who chose to speak up about her past, and then another. These young girls had all gone through something similar and they found comfort in knowing that they weren't alone. It is easier for a person to listen and connect with someone who has gone through something similar. God can use your pain and suffering to minister to others who have gone through the exact same thing. Our wounds can help someone else's wounds heal completely.
2. We can depend on God solely:
A few years ago I endured a tough trial in my life. I was hurt physically and emotionally by someone whom I loved, and I couldn't help but feel alone, even when I was surrounded by many people. During the trial I found it hard to do anything. I would cry myself to sleep and I would find myself distracted all day. I truly felt as though I had no one to talk to. Then I started talking to God. I began enjoying my time with Him, and I could say that it was through that time that I found myself. I even gained a stronger and deeper relationship with God. I would wake up early in the morning and pray to Him. I would listen to His word and read His word. I depended on God fully because I had no one else around me.
It is through our pain and suffering that we can truly understand the significance of our creator. We can learn to depend on Him during this tough period because we may feel comfort in knowing that we can speak honestly about our pain to Him without being judged.
3. God's strength is perfect in our weakness:
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
What exactly does this mean? To may this may sound as though God wants us to be weak and sad. Truth is that in our weakness, when we truly feel as though we have no more strength to do anything, that is when we choose to seek the help of God the most. It is in these times when we finally feel as though we can not do anything to help ourselves, that God manifests himself and strengthens us. God's strength shines through our weakness because we abandon our own strength completely. Pain can help us seek God's strength in the midst of it all.
We may never comprehend the exact reason why God allows us to feel pain and suffering, but we can rest assured knowing that He can help us get through our pain. It hurts to be sad, and I may not understand or know what pain you are going through at this very moment, but I pray that you find the strength to reach out to God and allow Him to mold you in each way that He has planned.
God has a unique way of getting His point across. You may be experiencing pain at his moment because God wants to use you in a way that can help millions of people or one other person. He may be trying to make you depend on Him only and no one else, or He may want to manifest His strength through you in your most vulnerable state. The reason may be unknown to us, but just remember that God works in such a way that He makes everything work for the good of those who love Him.
Lean on God in this difficult moment, and never blame yourself to a point where you feel worthless. Jesus loves you and I pray that you see and feel His love even in the most difficult times.