Finding purpose in your pain.

“You formed me with your hands; you made me, yet now you completely destroy me. Remember that you made me from dust— will you turn me back to dust so soon?”
‭‭Job‬ ‭10:8-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Almost all of us at least one time in our life have asked this question, ‘why me God? Why do I have to go through this? Isn’t there any other way?’! I have learned that even when we ask God ‘WHY’, as a child of God the question from our heart is ‘WHAT?’. “ God, What do you want me to do in this situation? What is your heart in this, my God?”.

I truly believe God knows our thoughts even before it is formed into words. So be honest with him. May this cry of ‘What now, God?’ arise from a heart that desires to draw more closer to God. Then you will receive the answer for your questions. And even when the answer you received is not what you expected, you will have peace and later you will understand that, this answer from God is what you really needed and it is for our best.

Be Honest before God.

When prayers and worship doesn’t come from heart, but from lips it is in vain. Be Honest with your Heavenly Father. Hiding your doubts, pain and hurt from God and acting outside all well is not what He expects from us. It may please others and they may even say ‘he/she is so strong’. But you in your heart know that you are weak and need God more than ever. Will you be honest before God and let God deal with all that is happening within you?

Prophet Isaiah talks about people who honor God with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Him. And Jesus said these kind of people worship Him in vain ( Matthew 15;8,9) .

Jesus in His sermon on the mount He clearly said,“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” Matthew‬ ‭5:4, 8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Those who mourn shall be comforted. So be honest before your God. Be truthful. We are before Almighty God who searches our heart. While we ask for God to search and find any wicked ways in us, it is important that we should be honest and true before Him. When Holy Spirit points out the shortcomings in our life, accept it and repent of it.

It is not okay to stay in your doubts and not fully trusting God. That in itself is a sin. Talk to Jesus through the prayers. Read His word, ask God to strengthen your faith and help your unbelief. Trade your sorrows, disappointments and hurts for the joy in His presence. Bible says we can come to His presence anytime and obtain grace and mercy in time of our need. The only thing that matters is that you be present in His presence and be completely honest before Him.

Is it okay to ask questions to God in your suffering? The Potter and the clay analogy.

Bible uses the analogy that God is The Potter and we are the clay many times. Prophet Isaiah uses this analogy when he rebukes Israel, because they thought they knew more than God. Isaiah‬ ‭29:16‬ ‭and Isaiah 45:9. Paul uses this when he talks about the sovereignty of God and His right over the creation in Romans 9:14-29.

“You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:19-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Here Apostle Paul is talking about questioning God and the wrong attitude behind it. These verses talks about denying the creator and finding faults in His creation with an attitude just as Prophet Isaiah explained in chapters 29 and 45. It is an act of protest and total disrespect to the Creator (Potter).

But if we come to the presence of God ask him questions with the right attitude and with the desire to know the heart of the creator, you will find your purpose and peace in every situation. Then your heart will be filled with praises of God. We see Mary asking question to Angel Gabriel when she heard the message and Gabriel explaining it to her in Luke 1:26-38. And towards the end of that conversation Mary totally surrendered her life for God’s divine purpose. And she started praising and magnifying God the savior, who considered her in the lowly state.

Also we see in the book of Job, he is reminding God using this same analogy of Potter and clay in his suffering. “Your hands have made me and fashioned me, An intricate unity; Yet You would destroy me. Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again?”
‭‭Job‬ ‭10:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
And as we learn the book of Job we can understand that, he asked these questions to God with the right attitude of surrender and honesty before the Creator.

Finding purpose in your pain.

Through every situation that a child of God go through, God is molding us into His own image (Romans 5:3-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7). Refining us, pruning us and transforming us into a person after God’s own heart. King David is known as a man after God’s own heart. How did he came to that relationship with God? Through all the trials that he went through. Through the challenges he faced in his life, he learned to trust in God and in His promises. Through it all, he was honest with God. When we read through the psalms we can clearly see this nature of King David. His honesty and transparency before God Almighty. So even in the midst of all that David went through he was able to enjoy the intimacy and presence of God . Through the struggles, troubles, battles David came more closer to God and he became a man after God’s own heart. Only if we stay close to Jesus, we will know His heart.

Many times when we ask God , what good is going to come out of this situation of my life?, His answer to us will be to trust Him and wait upon Him. It is easy to forsake God and walk away from those difficult situations. But only if we endure through it, we will see His glory and beauty. One more step closer to Him.

Understand and know that your life is a gift from God. You and me belong to Him. He is The Potter, we are the clay! And this Almighty God is always always always good and faithful!! No matter whatever the enemy whisper in your ear, God loves you so much. So let us be honest before Him, come to Him with the right attitude, trust Him, surrender to His will and walk closer to Him.

I very much love this song written by Jonathan McReynolds

“May your struggles keep you near the cross

May your troubles show that you need God

May your battles end the way they should

May your bad days prove that God is good and

May your whole life prove that God is good!!”

Stay close to Jesus. Walk with Him. He will lead us through the hills and valleys. He is not a God who stands far away but He is near to us. He is with us. Enjoy His presence no matter what may come in your life. Let Him be your anchor. God bless you!

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