Chronic pain can easily lead to negative thinking, and brew hopelessness; but it doesn’t have to. Chronic pain can serve as a catalyst to push us close to Christ and growing our faith. Chronic pain is just that, painful! so when the pain is grueling and doesn’t want to release its grip, we must remember that God has a plan for our suffering and have hope.
- Wherever you are in life, if you are suffering Chronic pain, know that if you are seeking God and his will for your life, his good purposes will prevail.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
- Note: this does not say that our pain will disappear in this lifetime, it may, but it may not until eternity. It might be his will for you to have a lifetime of pain, but it is for a good reason.
Having hope that all things will work out to our benefit we can always be joyful in the Lord not our circumstances, continue praying and expressing thanks because we trust that we are in the will of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
2. We always have the hope of eternity to bring relief. This hope is sometimes the only thing I am able to cling to in the darkest moments of pain. It always bring me joy and hope to focus beyond this life on earth where there is no pain or suffering. When I feel like my body is failing, I can trust that before I know it, I will be in a never-ending eternity that is filled with peace, comfort and health.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
3. Have hope that your pain has a purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
A few purposes of suffering are:
- To grow our faith (James 1:2-4)
- To make us more like Christ (Isaiah 48:10)
- Know Jesus and share in his suffering (Phil 1:29)
- To have more intimacy with God (Job 42:5)
- To teach us how to comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
- Trust God’s timing and plans (Psalm 37:7)
- Reliance on God (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)
I’m praying that even in the deepest pain, you will cling to the hope of Jesus and that he will see you through whatever you are going through!