God Has A Purpose For Your Pain

“God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them,” says the Apostle Paul. But do we truly believe this in the midst of every circumstance and trial we face in life? Do we really believe he has a purpose for our pain, sorrow, and despair? It may not always be easy to accept, but that doesn’t mean the words of Paul to be any less true.

Whether it be my immediate family, close friends, acquaintances or individuals reaching out to me via email and social media, it seems to me that there are a lot of people in this world currently going through some really tragic times. Some are facing financial issues, others are battling marital problems, and some are even mourning over the loss of a spouse or family member. Mostly all of these people are believers in Jesus, but brokenness and pain seem to be quite popular lately. They’ve all encountered tragedies they didn’t expect nor could they have really planned for. They just happened. And now all of these people are stuck in the middle of a storm and wondering what they should do next. Wondering how God is going to help them. Wondering how God is possibly going to work things together for good.

Hindsight is truly 20/20

I guess I’m writing this post to tell you that God truly does have a purpose for your pain. And while I don’t believe everything happens for a reason (see post here), I do believe that God can take everything in life that’s been thrown at him, redeem it, and use it for the glory of his name. But that’s only if the people who are involved will surrender their circumstances to him. Easier said than done, but the outcome is always worth it regardless of how painful your circumstances may be. I’ve come to quickly realize that hindsight truly is 20/20, and just because you don’t quite see the rainbow in the midst of your storm doesn’t mean it’s not going to be there. The storm first needs to pass. God still needs to be trusted. His Word still needs to be meditated on and digested spiritually.

The purpose of your pain may not come immediately. In fact, it may take years. But as God’s Word says, “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God” and we have to stand on this truth. I’m not going to lie and act like it’s easy. It’s not. It’s probably going to be one of the hardest things you encounter in life, but it can also be one fo the most renewing, strengthening and encouraging at the same time.

He Can Redeem

Who can better help walk with someone who has an addiction than someone who once had an addiction and lost everything? Who can better help someone who is going through the burden of bankruptcy than someone who has gone through the same experience? Who can better comfort and help someone who is in an abusive relationship than someone who has once been in one themselves? Who can better help walk with someone who is going through a divorce than someone who has been through one? And who can better walk next to someone who is currently mourning the loss of a loved one than someone who has been through a similar experience? God can take our pain, our brokenness, our frustrations, our failures, and use them as the testimonies in which we help others.

God has a purpose for our pain even if we have yet to realize it. He can redeem all things because he is the one who created all things. There is vibrant hope and purpose in the name of Jesus.

—Jarrid Wilson


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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

17 comments on “God Has A Purpose For Your Pain”

  1. Thanks for this wonderful post m going through hard times now it’s been like this for years I firmly believe that sometimes God allow pain in our lives so we can draw close to him and be a testimony to others One day soon the storm will come to an end GOD IS GOOD

  2. After the loss of my only child, my son, I am learning even more deeply to trust Him in the midst of the storm. The problem is that many do not build that “house” on the rock, and it falls because of the storms of this life.

  3. A few years ago, I did a brief study on God’s earthly and eternal purposes in the midst of our pain:
    • Growth-Romans 5:3-5 tribulation produces patience, patience produces character, character produces
    hope and hope does not disappoint us
    • Discipline-Hebrews 12:7 God’s discipline confirms our true adoption
    • Faith-James 1:2-4, I Peter 1:6-7 trials purify the genuineness of our faith
    • Approval-I Peter 5:10 through suffering, God will perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you
    • Dependence-II Corinthians 1:9 Paul said the sentence of death was in him so that he would not trust in
    himself but in God
    • Comfort-II Corinthians 1:4 God comforts us in our pain so that we may comfort others
    • Builds Body of Christ-I Corinthians 12:26 as one member suffers others suffer also
    • Christ-Colossians 1:24 fill up which is lacking of Christ’s affliction
    • Eternal Value-II Corinthians 4:17 our afflictions are working for us (not against us) an eternal weight of glory
    • Look Forward to the Future-II Corinthians 4:18 our afflictions encourage us to look on the unseen and the
    • Display Christ’s Power and Sufficient Grace-II Corinthians 12:9 in our weakness, Christ’s power and grace
    is most evident (even when the trial and pain includes the power of darkness…a messenger of Satan)
    • God’s Glory-II Corinthians 4:10 carry about in our body the dying Lord so that the life of Christ will manifest
    • Our Glory-Romans 8:18 the present sufferings do not even compare to the glory that will be revealed in us
    • Opportunity to Serve-Galatians 6:2 bear one another’s burdens
    • Giving Thanks-Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks in all circumstances…good and bad. It appears that as we do
    this, it brings great pleasure to God because we are acknowledging His purpose and plan in our lives.

  4. Thanks Jarrid!!! : ) For reminding me that god does actually have a purpose for me & everyone else living on this beautiful earth. “No matter haw many storms, difficulties, struggles, and failures we face there will always be a light of hope at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark it was before.” awesome life lesson shown by god himself. Loved reading this post late at night before going to bed. Please keep writing because you do an amazing job!!! God bless you : )


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