The Purpose of Pain


We all experience pain in life, whether emotional or physical pain. No pain is alike; we must all walk the journey and path that God has for our lives. God promises that there is a purpose in all pain. We can press on each day knowing that our God loves us and wants to use the hurt and pain in this world to bring Him glory. The below Bible verses can help you understand the purpose of pain in your life and encourage you to find joy in the middle of suffering. Don’t give up hope, God has so much more for your life!

Jeremiah 29:11– For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Revelation 21:4- ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Psalm 23:1-6 – The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

When we experience suffering or we observe it in the lives of those around us, one of the most natural questions we ask is, why? Why did that natural disaster happen? Why did my loved one get cancer? Why didn’t I ever know my father? Why did God do this? Why did God do that?… Why? Why? Why? With all negative thoughts.

It is encouraging to know that we are not alone in asking such questions and seeking answer and also that crying out to God in our grief is not forbidden. The Bible offers a vision of a God who to handle such questions, and our God is big enough to trust even when life seems to be falling apart.

Yes I remember a famous hymn


Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

    but trust Him for His grace;

 behind a frowning providence

    he hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,

    unfolding every hour;

 the bud may have a bitter taste,

    but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err

    and scan His work in vain;

 God is His own interpreter,

    and He will make it plain.

No matter how difficult it may be, TRUST that in the end God is big enough to have an answer for all you’re suffering.

For His Glory