“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Have you ever found yourself asking God this question, “Lord, how can any good come from this pain I’m dealing with?” Maybe you went on to say, “I thought You loved me. Why are you allowing me to go through this immense pain? Why don’t you intervene right now? Why don’t you take this struggle away from me?”
If you’ve ever wondered about these things, or if you’re wondering about them right now, let me encourage you. The Lord does nothing without a purpose. If I know anything to be true, it’s that God allows His children to go through tough times in order to bring glory and honor to Jesus.
Think about Paul’s life. He spent a very long time in prison when instead he could have been out preaching and ministering to the lost. But while he was in prison, Paul wrote a number of letters, many of which ended up being included in the New Testament. Paul was able to do so much more good for the Kingdom from prison than He ever would have been able to do from the pulpit. But at the time, I’m sure he didn’t understand why he was having to endure so much pain and discomfort in lockup.
Have you ever considered that God might be doing the exact same thing in your life? He might have you walking through a painful, tough situation because that’s the way you’ll bring Him the most glory.
So instead of asking, “God, why won’t you take this pain away from me?” what if you asked, “God, what do you want to do in my life through this particular situation I’m walking through?”
Regardless of what you’re going through right now, don’t ever forget that God cares about you and He’s shaping your life to bring Him glory and praise. No matter what comes your way, He can use your life to be a blessing to Him and an encouragement to other people. He promises to work all things together for good, so choose to trust Him in that promise today.