Pain is a part of this world.
Suffering entered when sin separated us from God in the garden.
Job is an example of how to handle pain.
When tragedy struck so terribly, he responded with truth and praise.
Job 1:20-21 NKJV — Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
He did not deny his grief, but he also didn’t allow it to drown truth.
Instead, he showed the emotion through the tearing of his robe and shaving of his head, then he worshiped God.
When his health was the next domino to fall, he again speaks truth.
Job 2:10 NKJV — But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
The rest of the book of Job is dialogue and in it we see the final answer to how to handle suffering.
God speaks to Job, questioning him about creation.
In Job’s response we can glean practical truth.
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.”
Job 42:1-6 NKJV
God is Sovereign.
God is worthy of our trust.
Our understanding is limited.
When we are experiencing pain it’s important to remind ourselves that we can not see all God is doing in and through the circumstance.
Thus, when experiencing pain and suffering, we need to keep our eyes focused on God, our thoughts recalling His character, our lips speaking truth, and our hearts worshipping God, all while being honest about the emotions, recognizing throughout that God is good and working throughout, whether we see it or not.
God is also compassionate, understanding our pain and suffering.
Isaiah 53:5 KJV — But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Matthew 5:4 NKJV — Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the gift we have in the book of Job. To read about this godly man who walked through such horrible experiences yet never turned his back to You. He didn’t know it was a test and an opportunity. Lord, I humbly lift up those who are hurting. Lord, my heart breaks for those suffering and I know You have far more compassion than I. Please continue to comfort those who mourn, heal those who are broken, redeem those who are seeking Your salvation. Lord Jesus, thank You for helping the helpless. Thank You that You are no stranger to suffering. Thank You that through Your terrible pain my sins were paid for. Lord, as we walk through this life, please help us to respond to pain with compassion, truth, understanding, and worship. I love You, Jesus. Amen.