The Purpose of our Suffering

Psalm 38.3 declares my health is broken beneath my sins.image

God uses pain in our life to remind us of our need for Him.

Two realities need to be ever present in our thinking if we are going to successfully pass from this life into the next.

First, is that we have been Created by God for God. The purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We who are in Christ are not our own but have been purchased by His blood to serve Him all of our days. In our pursuit of our own security and pleasures we tend to forget God’s will and purpose placing our own ways above God’s ways.

God does not hit us in the head with a hammer every time we place His interests on the back burner but He does use pain in our life to remind us to turn back to Him and to re-prioritize our lives toward His will and ways. If His Kingdom is to come to earth as it is in heaven then His people must be busily engaged in bringing it about.

The second purpose of pain is to remind us we wont be staying on this earth forever but will one day stand before God to reap our eternal reward. All of humanity has been created in the image of God so like Him we will live forever but where we live is determined by how we lived this life.

These bodies are prone to death and all die but where all will live is determined by their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Those who have humbled themselves before God and asked for His pardon through the Lord Jesus will be granted eternal life in the coming Kingdom but those who refuse to submit to Jesus the Lord will be judged unworthy of God and will reap their desire of eternal separation from God where there will be eternal torment and suffering.

Those who seek God through Jesus will receive the healing they desire, either in this life or in the one to come. Those who refuse Jesus will never be released from pain and suffering.

It was not God’s original intent for us to suffer and die but in our rebellion we have reaped the consequences of our disobedience.

God uses this suffering to remind us of Him, are we tuning in?

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