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“Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.” (1 Samuel 16:23)

Waiting for healing can be a long, agonizing process. When you’re in pain, when you’re experiencing discomfort, and when you need help, you want the Lord to intervene immediately. You want Him to remove this struggle from your life as soon as possible. However, healing isn’t always instant. In fact, most of the time it’s not instant. So in the meantime, there are several things you can do to draw near to the Lord in the midst of your pain.

  1. Worship. Taking the time to worship and praise the Lord is very powerful. Scripture tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. David chose to praise in the midst of his waiting season. Paul and Silas praised God after they had been beaten in Philippi. Each of these men found hope and comfort in praising God, and you can do the same if you choose to worship Him when you’re enduring difficult circumstances.
  2. Read. If you want to know what God is doing, you have to read His word. If you want to hear God speak, you need to be studying Scripture. Paul reminds us in Romans 10:17 that “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” You need to be a student of God’s Word and allow His Word to speak to you and encourage you in your pain and suffering.
  3. Serve. There is something incredible that happens in your soul when you are intentional about serving other people. Paul encourages us in Romans 12:13 to “Share with God’s people who are in need.” Regardless of whether you’re suffering physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually, you can still impact God’s Kingdom with your service. You never know how God could use you to impact someone who is walking a path similar to yours.

If you are walking through a season of pain, hurt, or suffering, I would encourage you to implement these three things into your schedule this week. Carve out time to worship your Heavenly Father, read His word, and serve His people. You will be amazed at what He can accomplish in and through you as you take these simple steps of obedience.

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