“There will be pain, but much like going to the gym and being sore after a good workout, God has to work us through the painful things, just like we push through the pain at the gym to achieve the results we want. Don’t you have to break a muscle down, in order to begin to rebuild and strengthen it back up? In the end, the pain is worth the new found strength that we gain both throguh a good workout, and trusting God in all of our circumstances.”
I sent that to a friend a few months back, as the Holy Spirit fed it to my frantically typing fingers, and it just hasn’t left me alone since then.
How often do we find ourselves in the middle of painful circumstances or situations, begging God to lift the burden from us, or to relieve us of the pain, faster than we can process His reasoning? Think about it, like I mentioned above, when we go to the gym to get a good workout in, isn’t our frame of mind “no pain, no gain,”? If we don’t leave the gym sore, or wake up sore the next morning, we don’t feel like much was accomplished during that given workout. So, why then, do we not take that same mentality and apply it to our faith, and trusting God to work in our lives?
God never once promised us a perfect, pain free, easy life once we trusted Him as our Savior and invited Him into our hearts and lives. He did promise that He would never leave us or forsake us, even through our trials and temptations. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me…” I mean come on, if everything was so easy and pain free, why would we even need to trust Him? When we go through those valleys, those dark times, trials, etc. we need to take a deep breath, trust God completely, and just know, the pain we’re facing, is what the Lord is using to continually strengthen our faith, bring us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him, and prepare us for the next big, God sized thing He has planned for or lives.
If you find yourself in the middle of a painful battle, the Lord WILL fight for you, He WILL be with you in your darkest valley, and believe me, whether you can see it or not, you’re being strengthened and pulled closer and closer to God. Dig into The Word, hang onto the promises it contains, and remember… “no pain, no gain.”
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the powwer of the weak.”
Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)