Suffering and God’s Comfort
Written by: Glenndia Thompson
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Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
according to the power at work within us.
- Ephesians 3:20 (ESV)
God is “even more” than illness.
Bigger than any illness, disease, oppression, or affliction. Period.
I believe in the doctrine of healing. I have experienced God’s healing in my life, and I have witnessed God heal illnesses in many forms, spiritual and physical. While I do believe that God heals, I also believe that healing comes in a variety of forms.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” -1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)
The reason for this is that He can often teach us things through suffering that we would never be able to learn through a book or seminar, or comfort and prosperity. Suffering isn’t a deviation from the plan but part of the process.
When Timothy was sick, Paul told him to drink wine (1 Timothy 5:23), not go to a healing service. Lazurus, who was raised from the dead (John 11:1-44), eventually died. Job suffered because God had a larger purpose than comfort for him on this planet and Job’s suffering was not the result of a lack of faith! Great is our God. No manner of sickness, disease, obstacle, or setback can separate us from the love of God. He is “even more” than all that could come against us.
"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
Don’t give up or give in! Be encouraged, God is “even more” than illness! God is greater: The God made known in Jesus Christ shows us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5).
Some of the greatest blessings in this world come from God’s power amid trials. God changes us, molds us, strengthens us, and builds us through hardship. And there is nothing like the experience of being comforted by God alone in that dark hour.
We must realize that sometimes it’s just not God’s plan to heal or to fix a problem quickly for us, and that’s okay. He still loves us. He still has a plan. And He still has a profound purpose for the suffering that can end up blessing us beyond anything we could ever imagine.
Often God chooses to heal! But sometimes He teaches us more and draws us closer when we walk the dark mile of suffering. To experience such a blessing, we must run to God. For God is “even more” and calms the storm.
When/if you find yourself in a dark trial, my encouragement for you is to lean into God. That is where you will find strength, hope, courage, and His precious rest.
1. Identify a time in your life that you have suffered, spiritually or physically. While identifying, think of the lesson you were taught during the affliction. Patience? Strength? Endurance? Did your relationship with God grow? Did you see first hand that God is “even more”? He is bigger and nothing can separate you from Him?
2. Think about ways to change your perspective when trails arise to help see things through a different lens so that you will be able to see and focus on Him more clearly.
3. Write down key verses in His Word that you will be able to run to for strength. There’s not anything stronger than God’s Word and He loves when we pray His Word back to Him!
Thank You for Your love, Your direction, and Your protection. We lift Your name with praise and honor as we are so grateful for Your unfailing love and the solid fact that You, our Lord and Savior, are “even more” than any affliction or oppression that may come against us. Thank You, Father, for Your rest. Your Word says come to You all that are heavy laden and You will provide us rest, and we are ever so grateful that Your words are truth. The rest You give is not of this world and we thank You for your grace that abounds us. Nothing is better or bigger than You, Jesus. Help us change our perspective while facing illness. Help us look for You and lean into You during our suffering and help us to gain Your strength as we endure and finish our race! You alone are Who we serve and we love You so much, Father. Thank You again for Your protection and for choosing us! In Your sweet and precious Name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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