“’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
It is not God’s job to make every moment of your life easy. If He did, you would never grow up! You’d be immature, spoiled, and incredibly self-centered. That is not what God wants for you so when you’re in pain and you pray and don’t see the answers, should you give up? No. Your job is to keep praying and keep trusting God with the answer, because you know that everything He does and everything He allows in your life He will use for good. You accept a “No,” a “Slow,” a “Grow,” or a “Go,” because you know that God is a good Father, even when you’re in pain.
If a doctor does surgery on you and cuts you open, that’s going to cause some pain. But if that surgery saves your life, would you say that’s a bad doctor? No, because they just saved your life!
When God doesn’t immediately end your pain, He is saying to you in that moment, “My grace is sufficient for you, and you can handle a little pain and even a lot of pain in your life, because I am with you and I am going to use this for your good.”
I’ve had a lot of pain in my life. In fact, almost everything I’ve learned in life, I’ve learned through pain. I’ve learned nothing from pleasure. I’ve learned very little from success. But I’ve learned so much from betrayal, disappointments and through pain. God is more interested in making me a man of God than He is in making me comfortable.
And God is more interested in making you a man or woman of God than He is in making you comfortable. You will be comfortable for all of eternity in heaven, but right now, you’re in the grow-up stage, so you’re not going to get everything you ask for.
In Scripture, we read how God turns what seems to be a total dead end and hopeless situation back to life and restoration of Joy.
God took Joseph from 7 years of rejection by his family and false imprisonment in Egypt to becoming a prime minister so that his family and people could be saved. God took Daniel to the Lions den through the schemings of his colleagues and brought him out to become a prime ruler in Babylon and Chief adviser to the King.
We need to learn to surrender like Mary to the will of God, simply because He has the big picture and holds all the aces in His hands.
While you’re praying at one level, God is thinking about your life at a much higher level and from a much bigger perspective. He wants good for your life even more than you do. Will you trust Him?
* What have you learned from pain in your life?
* How can you encourage someone who is experiencing pain in their life right now and waiting on God to answer their prayer?
* As a follower of Jesus, why is it essential to keep growing and learning to trust God at all times?
Prayer: Lord, many are the afflictions of the righteous but You deliver them from all of them and turn things around for Your glory. Most High God, be exalted in my life this week, I declare that with You all things are possible, manifest Your glory and majesty in Jesus’ name. Amen 🙏 🙏
(C) Adeyemi Agbelusi