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When Life Hurts

When Life Hurts

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 NKJV

This promise is for the dear saint of God who has suffered for a while. A long while. I hope that isn’t you. I pray it isn’t you, but if it is, I’m relieved you have found this promise today. God has you here for that purpose.

He knows you feel like He has forgotten you. He knows the rhythm of your battered heart. He has collected your tears in a bottle, or a gallon jug. God has a message for you today, my friend. Hope for the momma who has all but given up on that child. Hope for that sweet sister who awakes each morning, only to be reminded her husband is no longer there. Hope for the cancer patient who just can’t hear the words “cancer free.” Hope for the one living in tremendous pain, physical and emotional.

God is giving you that hope today. He wants you to hold onto this promise. Memorize it. Pray it. Hold God to His promises, because He is faithful. This season of suffering will pass.

Not today. Not the way you would prefer, but God loves you, and this too will pass.

We cannot understand why we hurt, nor why we struggle for so long. We certainly don’t comprehend the snowball effect while our trials enlarge as life speeds downhill. We can’t understand why a good God allows pain.

But we do understand God is good. We can sing “good, Good Father” with confidence. We know truth, and this promise tucked away in Peter’s first epistle is the nugget of truth you need today.

We have been called to suffer. No, Carolyn, Peter says we are called to God’s eternal glory. Same thing. God receives glory from our story. Our testimony gives Satan heartburn because we didn’t fall apart. OK, maybe we fell to pieces a time or two, but the master potter put us back together. Better than before.

This turmoil you find yourself in is the refining process, and you, sweet friend, will emerge as gold. That is His perfecting work.

When I consulted with Siri for the definition of establish, I heard certain terms that stood out: recognize, accepted, and “show truth. A day will come when you stand firmly recognized as proof of God’s truth. People will know you made it, and they will be reassured they can make it too because of God’s rich truth.

The weakness you feel today is being over powered by God’s strength. Suffering comes to make us stronger.

And settled. You will not always be tossed by the tempest, nor whipped by the whirlwind. Life will settle down.

Until our storms pass, we can trust in God’s grace. We can lean on His strength. We can remind our emotions of this truth and steady ourselves in God’s promise. A promise from a good Father.

Heavenly Father, we praise You because You desire good for us, but sometimes to achieve good, there must be some hurt. We want it to end. We want You to make everything right, but more importantly, we pray for Your will. And we claim this promise knowing that You will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 18:1-6.

HIKING THE TRAIL

PUSH through the pain. Pray Until Something Happens.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

 

Incense Rising Online Study 22

Whether we praise in prayer, or pray with praise, we are reminded of who God really is. Praise is a form of prayer. He is our rock, our strength, and our God of all grace.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Pet. 5:10 NKJV

When we go through trials, we often become discouraged. Meditate on our God of all grace. Grace to save and grace to deliver.

Let’s unpack this verse. God called us. You are His adopted child and heir. That makes you special. You are in the family of God because He wants you there. Never feel like you are an intruder. None are worthy, but He loves us anyway.

Next, we are called to His eternal glory. Unlike our time on earth, our time in heaven will be forever and ever. God will be glorified, but so will we. We will receive our glorified bodies to replace these bodies that age and become sick and corrupt. We will no longer sin. We will give all, and we will possess all.

But first, on earth, we must suffer a while. Just a while, not for eternity. Our clocks and calendars are earthly. God has His own concept of time. We desire the agonizing trial to be over, but it drags on. In God’s eyes, it spans only a minimal part of our lives.

There are reasons for our sufferings. Comprehending the results of trials may help us endure them, so let’s look closely at the four things God accomplishes through us in stormy times.

First, God perfects us, not that we will reach perfection on earth. As we mature and struggle, we grow more Christ-like. Reflect on years gone by. Do you see how you have changed?

Next, He establishes us. Look carefully at this word, and you will see two words within it: stable and able. As we journey through tribulations, we have more stability. We are no longer floundering around, slipping and sliding our way through trials. We must stand firm to resist the devil. As we pray through rough times, God grants us the ability to persevere.

Third, God strengthens us. We must first see our own weakness before we admit we need His strength. We know His strength is reliable when the next test occurs.

Finally, we are settled by our suffering. It develops a firm foundation.

These are the reasons testing is necessary. Understanding their purpose will enable us to pray with a better realization of what is taking place.

Tests are inevitable. Do you remember taking tests in school? Every class had them, and each semester, we had exams, the big tests. The Christian life is no different.

Will we like the suffering? Never, but perhaps a knowledge of the purpose will enable us to pass through them swiftly.

Heavenly Father, we realize Your purpose. We ask that it be accomplished through our tests. Shower us with gracious mercy as we persevere. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Whether we praise in prayer, or pray with praise, we are reminded of who God really is. Praise is a form of prayer. He is our rock, our strength, and our God of all grace.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Pet. 5:10 NKJV

When we go through trials, we often become discouraged. Meditate on our God of all grace. Grace to save and grace to deliver.

Let’s unpack this verse. God called us. You are His adopted child and heir. That makes you special. You are in the family of God because He wants you there. Never feel like you are an intruder. None are worthy, but He loves us anyway.

Next, we are called to His eternal glory. Unlike our time on earth, our time in heaven will be forever and ever. God will be glorified, but so will we. We will receive our glorified bodies to replace these bodies that age and become sick and corrupt. We will no longer sin. We will give all, and we will possess all.

But first, on earth, we must suffer a while. Just a while, not for eternity. Our clocks and calendars are earthly. God has His own concept of time. We desire the agonizing trial to be over, but it drags on. In God’s eyes, it spans only a minimal part of our lives.

There are reasons for our sufferings. Comprehending the results of trials may help us endure them, so let’s look closely at the four things God accomplishes through us in stormy times.

First, God perfects us, not that we will reach perfection on earth. As we mature and struggle, we grow more Christ-like. Reflect on years gone by. Do you see how you have changed?

Next, He establishes us. Look carefully at this word, and you will see two words within it: stable and able. As we journey through tribulations, we have more stability. We are no longer floundering around, slipping and sliding our way through trials. We must stand firm to resist the devil. As we pray through rough times, God grants us the ability to persevere.

Third, God strengthens us. We must first see our own weakness before we admit we need His strength. We know His strength is reliable when the next test occurs.

Finally, we are settled by our suffering. It develops a firm foundation.

These are the reasons testing is necessary. Understanding their purpose will enable us to pray with a better realization of what is taking place.

Tests are inevitable. Do you remember taking tests in school? Every class had them, and each semester, we had exams, the big tests. The Christian life is no different.

Will we like the suffering? Never, but perhaps a knowledge of the purpose will enable us to pass through them swiftly.

Heavenly Father, we realize Your purpose. We ask that it be accomplished through our tests. Shower us with gracious mercy as we persevere. In Jesus’ name, amen.