Romans 8 tells us that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
That means in death, he works. In suffering, he works. In joy, he works. In pain, he works. When things work out just like you planned, God works. When things don’t seem like they are working out for you at all, he works.
God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
When it comes to pain and suffering, we have to quit trying to connect the little dots that surround our little lives. We have to learn to see the broader perspective — in the beginning, in the meantime, in the end. That really is the proper framework for life.
If you are suffering and wondering if God really cares about you, just remember the cross of Jesus Christ. God quite literally drove a stake in the ground to demonstrate his love for you.
Romans 8:31-32 says, “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”
The cross is the once and for all answer to the question, “Does God care about me?” It is also a clear reminder that God can identify with my pain and suffering.
The real problem for us is that we live in the meantime.
We just want God to make the pain go away. Try to remember that you never walk the path of pain alone. It may feel like you are all alone.
But you must remember his promised presence. He promised never to leave us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). We accept this truth by faith.
In the beginning, sin reigned. We continue to suffer its hard consequences. But our pain will be better in the future. In the future, it won’t matter why it happened.
In the meantime, God is with us. And in the future, all things will be made new, and all things will be made right. And that’s answer enough to get us through the pain.
As long as we look for answers here on this earth, we will be continually disappointed. That’s because there are no satisfactory answers apart for our Heavenly Father. There is hope for the future, and in Him, we find the strength to endure.
You may read Steve Greene’s blog at pastorgreene.wordpress.com or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.