By The Jesus Bible
Pain in life is a universal experience — it falls on the righteous and the unrighteous. People often search for a reason behind trials and tragedies, but answers are elusive since humans cannot fully know the purposes of God. The Bible suggests that in some instances, pain might be punishment for specific sins, a test of faith, fatherly discipline or a means to drive people to repentance. Usually clear meaning is absent, especially in situations of ongoing suffering. From the pit of pain, the psalmist reached for confidence in God — the one who had been his faithful King for a long time (v. 12). He knew of God’s capabilities, yet wondered when relief would come.
Jesus frequently stepped into people’s lives during a point of great pain. He performed a miracle for a grieving mother at a funeral (Lk 7:13 – 15). He touched and healed a man with leprosy (Mt 8:2 – 3). He changed the lives of a bleeding woman and a worried father over the course of just a few minutes (Mk 5:22 – 42). Jesus is full of compassion for the pain caused by this world. He is eager for people to know that he cares deeply about their trouble. Jesus is a dependable source of comfort in the face of suffering (2Co 1:3 – 6).
Jesus, I pray for those who are in pain right now. I pray that you would work through that pain so you may be glorified. Please give me compassion for those who suffer, and show me how to help them in practical, real ways. Amen.
4 Your adversaries have roared in the middle of your assembly. They have set up their standards as signs. 5 They behaved like men wielding axes, cutting through a thicket of trees. 6 Now they break all its carved work down with hatchet and hammers. 7 They have burned your sanctuary to the ground. They have profaned the dwelling place of your Name. 8 They said in their heart, “We will crush them completely.” They have burned up all the places in the land where God was worshiped. 9 We see no miraculous signs. There is no longer any prophet, neither is there among us anyone who knows how long. 10 How long, God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme your name forever? 11 Why do you draw back your hand, even your right hand? Take it from your chest and consume them! 12 Yet God is my King of old, working salvation throughout the earth.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound to us, even so our comfort also abounds through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer.
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