* Does it take pain to turn you back to God?

Although the Philistines had just witnessed a great victory by Israel’s God over their god, Dagon, they didn’t act upon that insight until they were afflicted with tumors (possibly bubonic plague).  Similarly, today many people don’t respond to biblical truth until they experience pain.  Are you willing to listen to God for truth’s sake, or do you turn to him only when you are in pain and hurting? (NLT)

1 Samuel 5:6-7 – Then the Lord began to afflict the people of Ashdod and the nearby villages with a plague of tumors.  When the people realized what was happening, they cried out, “We can’t keep the Ark of the God of Israel here any longer!  He is against us!  We will all be destroyed alone with our god Dagon.”

* Danger of protecting yourself from pain

The possibility of losing their lives was very real for the disciples as well as for Jesus.  Real discipleship implies real commitment—pledging our whole existence to his service.  If we try to save our physical life from death, pain, or discomfort, we may risk losing eternal life.  If we protect ourselves from the pain God calls us to suffer, we begin to die spiritually and emotionally.  Our lives turn inward, and we lose our intended purpose.  When we give our life in service to Christ, however, we discover the real purpose of living.  (NLT)

Matthew 16:25 – [Jesus said] “If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”

* God’s blessings may first lead to pain

God’s favor does not automatically bring instant success or fame.  His blessing on Mary, the honor of being the mother of the Messiah, would lead to much pain: her peers would ridicule her; her fiancé would come close to leaving her; her son would be rejected and murdered.  But through her son would come the world’s only hope, and this is why Mary has been praised by countless generations.  Her submission was part of God’s plan to bring about our salvation.  If sorrow weighs you down and dims your hope, think of Mary and wait patiently for God to finish working out his plan. (NLT)

Luke 1:30-31 – “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you!  You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus.”

* Will one day end pain

Matthew continues to show Jesus’ kingly nature.  Through a single touch, Jesus healed; when he spoke a single word, evil spirits fled his presence.  Jesus has authority over all evil powers and all earthly disease.  He also has power and authority to conquer sin.  Sickness and evil are consequences of living in a fallen world.  But in the future, when God removes all sin, there will be no more sickness and death.  Jesus’ healing miracles were a taste of what the whole world will one day experience in God’s Kingdom. (NLT)

Matthew 8:16-17 – That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus.  All the spirits fled when he commanded them to leave; and he healed all the sick.  This fulfilled the word of the Lord through Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.”

* – In our fallen world, disease and disability are common.  Their causes are many and often multiple—inadequate nutrition, contact with a source of infection, lowered defenses, and even direct attack by Satan.  Whatever the immediate cause of our illness, we can trace its original source to Satan, the author of all the evil in our world.  The Good News is that Jesus is more powerful than the Devil or any disease.  He often brings physical healing in this life, and when he returns, he will put an end to all disease and disability. (NLT)

Luke 13:16 – [Jesus said] “Wasn’t it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?”

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love,
and peace – May you also find
answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation
you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;


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