• Ashish Roy

Suffering and Pain

If we glance around us just a glimpse will tell us how much suffering and pain is in this world. God created the perfect world but because of our rebellion and disobeying God’s command, our world has fallen into sin. Due to that everyone encounters some sort of suffering in their lives. Our world was affected by sin and the result of it is all the pain and suffering we see around.

As I write on this topic, it really pains my heart just to give some thought to all the suffering in this world. I cannot understand what you are going through or if this article will help you or not but the bottom line is to look to Christ. It jogs my memory of a song lyrics which goes like this, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus look full at His wonderful face and the things of earth will go strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

Suffering is inevitable in this fallen world. Jesus, Himself said that in this world you’ll have trouble.

But there’s hope for everyone who is in Christ.

Apostle Paul talks about how much he had suffered in the letter to the Church of Corinth. (ref. 2 Corinthians 11)

But in the same letter, he also tells us that our suffering isn’t for nothing. It is preparing us for eternal glory. (So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

You’ll be thinking this Paul guy doesn’t even know what I’m going through, his affliction could also be light but not mine. But Paul knew what he was talking about. He suffered an excruciating amount of pain, not only that he suffered spiritually too.

And our afflictions are nothing as compared to Christ. Our afflictions will look light to us when we see what Jesus had suffered for us. In Isaiah, it says, He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Jesus knew what suffering is.

In difficult times of your life, like, once you lose someone near & dear to you, your mom or dad died, otherwise you lose your child, you bought sick with a deadly disease, or some painful incident happens to you or in your family. This all makes us give some thought to why did it all happen? What’s the purpose of God in all that? What’s the reason?

Truth be told, I don’t know the rationale why it all happened or what’s the purpose of God in all that. I don’t the reason why you are suffering so much.

But…Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? Genesis 18:25

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

It is impossible to know the reason behind all that in this life but if I put in John Pipers’ words, “Your suffering is not meaningless.” It is preparing us for an eternal glory that outweighs our present suffering.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:17-18

But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13

Our Savior suffered in this world, so does one really think you will not? If we carry our cross daily, that means it’s going to be difficult but take heart because He has overcome the world.

This world is fallen and is passing away but there’s a promise for everyone who is in Christ that of the new heaven and the new earth, where there will be no pain & suffering, and there will be no tears because God will wipe away our tears and when God wipes them they never come back. We will be in a perfect world that’s why we need to fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen.

And remember Jesus is with us in our sufferings. There is not a single tear that you shed He doesn’t know about. He is near and His living words comfort us. He’s employed all things for good and everything that comes in your life ask yourself this question just like Abraham asked, “Will not the judge of all earth do the right thing?”

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis
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