Finding peace in pain
Read along in Revelation Chapter 16 verses 1&2
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Sometimes when we are suffering, the #pain and #fear can cloud our judgement and keep us from clearly seeing how God is working in our lives. As humans, we hope for God to make things better for us and remove the suffering so that we might have physical peace. But having "spiritual peace" is something quite different. While we are always striving to have the physical and the spiritual align, we have to remember that these are very different things.
Let me break it down. When I am in pain, my natural desire is for the pain to stop so my body can be at peace. However, God might be allowing this pain in my life because trying to teach me to lean on Him and His grace, sufficiency, and faithfulness. No one would want to be told this while they are #suffering but it is in the things that affect us the strongest where we learn the lessons we will long remember. Perhaps, the longer I suffer, the more stubborn I was about learning this certain lesson.
As believers, we may know the Bible well and be able to recite the verses from memory but if we aren’t truly taking them to heart and trying to live by them, they will just be words we have memorized and repeat without meaning. Proverbs 3:5 says, “trust in Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Which is a reminder that the mind and workings of God will never make sense to us and our faith is about #believing when we don’t understand and trusting when we can’t see a solution. therefor, sometimes we must trust Him for a short time to bring us out of suffering, and sometimes it may be for years.
Trusting is a hard thing to do when life is holding us in a hard place. If you are a personality of action, you may seek every remedy available to return your life to a comfortable normal. Our flaw is that we can only see the past and present in our own lives. God however, can see the future and is ever preparing us for the battle and victories ahead. Are we meant to be learning patience? Compassion? Perseverance? Whatever the lesson God is giving us, we can be certain it will be put to use later on, wether in our own life, or in the lives of those who observed our suffering and how we responded to it.
“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.””
In this chapter, the suffering will come as a punishment to those who have turned away from God. I pray, dear Christian, that you won’t believe that your suffering is an aimless punishment and tear yourself down. Instead remember that the Lord chastens those He loves. A parent does not punish their child to see them suffer, but to help them grow and understand. We are all God’s children and He loves us, which means from time to time we need to be disciplined even when we don't think we were wrong. Those being punished in this first bowl are a different story, these are those who took the mark of the beast.
This mark will be one that truly brands the receiver as a follower of the antichrist and establishes their stance against God. Wether on the forehead or the back of the hand, it will be a symbol of proud allegiance. Accepting it will be an act of rebellion against God, the acceptance of a new god in His place, and it will be punished.
“So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.”
I pray, little sparrows, that you will share your light with others even in the midst of suffering. I pray that you will strengthen your #faith instead of letting it weaken. I pray that you will remember to have hope and trust in His promises even when you can’t see how real they are. I pray that you will change your perspective an be a shining lite in the darkness for others to see the Lord working in you. Finding peace in pain is all about faith.