“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
In John 14:33 Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble…” Pain is an inevitable part of life in a broken world. It’s no respecter of persons – it doesn’t matter how old we are, how much money we have, where we come from or what we do for a living – we’re all either coming out of a painful situation, in one, or on our way to one. Jesus Himself was rejected, despised, doubted, hated, and separated from God as He carried the sins of the world on His shoulders. Yet we can learn a lot from how Jesus dealt with pain – He pressed deeper into His Father.
We can’t avoid pain but we can decide how it’s going to shape us. Paul tells the church in Corinth that our troubles here on earth are doing something – they are “achieving for us an eternal glory” that doesn’t even compare to the challenges, trouble, and pain we feel in this moment. There’s an inward renewal that happens every single day in the life of a believer – even if things on the outside seem broken down. When we choose to run towards God in our trials, we allow our pain to be shaped into a testimony for His glory.
CS Lewis once said “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Paul reminds us to take heart, especially when the world around us is shaking. In those moments, we can anchor our souls to the unshakable promises of our God. Your deepest pains become your most powerful life message and the greatest source of encouragement and hope for others.
Prayer: Jesus, we can take heart because we know You have overcome the world. Help me to process my pain in a healthy way that brings honor and glory to You and shines Your light to others. Amen.