How many times have we heard someone say, “God has a wonderful plan for your life”? I stopped counting years ago; maybe you have too. Reconciling the truth that God’s plan for our lives is good when all we are experiencing is pain can cause tremendous confusion.
After all, Scripture emphatically says:
- Jesus “came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, emphasis added).
- When we seek Him we will find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).
- We are to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, emphasis added).
Most often, pain causes us to reframe our understanding of the truths of God’s Word. During those difficult times, we have to release what we assumed to be true and, instead, embrace with accuracy what God’s Word actually means.
John and Lynn Hampton spent years reframing their understanding of how God can be good—in spite of His allowing painful circumstances in life. Their story will certainly bring you incredible hope and clarity of truth in whatever you are facing today.
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- What unexpected events began this story?
- Isn’t it interesting how the Lord changes our perspective over time?
- What did the doctors say about your son’s eye, and how did God work through that?
- Just when everything settled down, what happened next?
- How did you react to the diagnosis?
- How did you respond to the circumstances of surgery?
- How did you reconcile that God didn’t heal your son?
- What did you do when circumstances became crushing?
- Can you imagine going through all this before you knew God?
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Accepting pain as part of God’s wonderful plan requires exceptional maturity . . . and rarely is the process simple. Yet most of our great life stories often come through painful circumstances.
Pain is purposed to be a warning sign, alerting us that something’s not right.
God allows pain for a greater purpose. When we embrace that perspective, pain becomes a tool used to transform our souls and to know Christ as we would have never known Him before.
Friend, please don’t blame God or others for your pain! Allow it to soften you, change you, mold and shape you into the remarkable person you are created to be.
I promise you: by submitting to His will and His ways, your relationship with Christ and your passion for life will be revolutionized.
Let me ask you, what part of reframing pain is needed for you to move forward?
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Insight for Living Ministry Resources
- “Battle of the Will” by Colleen Swindoll Thompson
- “What Does ‘Trusting God’ Mean?” by Colleen Swindoll Thompson
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Books by Charles R. Swindoll:
- Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility
- Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance
- Encouragement for Life: Words of Hope and Inspiration