“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20
Do you like pain? (I hope your answer to that is no!)
None of us really want pain in our lives.
We don’t pray and ask God for more trials and suffering and sickness. But inevitably, these things come into our lives. How could they not when we live in such a broken world?
My heart has been crushed this past week hearing of two more celebrities who were consumed by their pain. They had the money, the prestige, recognition. The world at their fingertips. And it wasn’t enough. Because those things cannot satisfy a longing soul and a broken spirit. That’s not even mentioning all of the veterans who fought for this country and survive their overseas tours to come home and take their own lives. The rates of suicides all across America and many other nations are on the rise. It is staggering.
I hear often in the Christian community about how God wants to use our gifts. This is so true. He has uniquely gifted YOU for a purpose that no one else in this world can fulfill. You are one of a kind, and meant to use what He has given you for great things.
But today, I would like to talk about how God wants to use our pain. He isn’t a sadist who purposely puts us into painful situations. The condition of this world, the decay and violence and sickness, break His heart. (Whatever touches His Beloved children touches the apple of His eye.- see Zechariah 2:8)
But God desires for us to transform our pain. That is, to walk through it and find victory. Not only victory, but to be better than we were before. To minister to others through the pain that we have gone through.
I am not exactly thankful for being a victim of a home invasion early this year. But I am thankful for how God is using that pain to transform me and giving me more of a heart to see others healed from their pain.
I came across a quote this week that says:
“If you do not transform your pain, you will surely transmit it.” (Richard Rohr)
Are we walking wounded? Are we allowing our pain to define and consume us?
Or are we walking through it, though it hurts to face, and allowing God to meet us and walk with us through it? To bring us out stronger, with a freedom that we never would have experienced?
Now is not the time for the Church to walk around as a bunch of victims.More than ever, our calling is very clear. We need to wake up and transform our pain so that we can minister to this broken world. So that we can show love and grace to someone who doesn’t know Jesus, someone who could be on the brink of suicide; someone who will experience a Christ-less eternity if they don’t turn to Him.
Time is of the essence!!
Let us live as victors, not victims.
God has great plans to use not only your gifts, but also your pain.
Will you let Him?