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  1. This is absolutely beautiful. I am reminded that I need to seek first God, His Kingdom, and His righteousness (not outcomes or results). And, then…after seeking Him first and foremost, all these things shall be added unto me. I have had to reset my suffering lens to realize that this lifetime is but a “vapor,” a “shadow,” but our persevering will payoff in the lifetime to come. Though weeping endures for the night, joy comes in the morning. Awesome reminder and so needed!
    Blessings and prayers for all who are suffering,
    Bev xx

    • Thank you, Bev. These are all powerful truths to remember. I love how you described it as “resetting your suffering lens.” Instead of seeing it as an obstacle, we can look at it as an opportunity to partner with Jesus in His suffering and be transformed into His likeness. Praying for God’s comfort for you and all those who are in pain.

  2. As someone who has suffered from chronic back pain for almost 10 years, this post spoke so loudly to me. Thank you for this reminder that our pain is only for “a little while “ and that there will be healing in God’s time. In the meantime He will use this time for His glory if I surrender it to Him .

    • Yes! God promises to work all things for our good and His glory. Pain can actually propel us toward wholeness when we turn to Him in our suffering.

  3. God so speaks through this today. “I don’t have to have all the answers.”

    A deeper understanding of God—isn’t that what my soul longs for? His nearness is our treasure.

    Thank you.

    • Jo Ann, it can be so hard when the future seems uncertain, but like Job, we need God’s presence more than we need our questions answered. His love is what we long for. Thank you for reminding me that a deeper understanding of God is more important than a deeper understanding of my pain. God gives us the answers in His time, but for now He is calling us to trust Him.

    • Amen to that! It is a hope that never fades because God’s promises are true. Our hope in Jesus is as constant as his character and as everlasting as His love!

  4. Your post really spoke to me as I’ve been dealing with back pain for a year now. I’ve gone thru physical therapy which in the long run made it a bit worse. Then I had an MRI & found out that I needed to go a different route. My daughter is a neurologist so she helped me get into a pain specialist right before Covid hit. I was terribly afraid of steroid shots & what I’ve heard about them but that did the trick the first couple of times. But after awhile they don’t seem to help either. Lastly on Oct 12th I had some nerves burned (ablation) which has helped but it takes 3 weeks to recover. I do have some burning still going down my legs & into my feet but the procedure helped considerbly. I don’t know who the author of this devotional is but if you’d like to personally talk with me about what I’ve been thru please e-mail me.
    Lord bless you & I hope that you find relief soon!!!

    • Barbara, I have been to a pain specialist numerous times. To date, I’ve had 8 injections – 3 in my back, 1 in each hip bursae, 1 in each piriformis muscle, and 1 in the SI joint. Like you, the first one or two provided relief, but the others did not. I am under the care of a neurologist now, but COVID has delayed everything. It has taken me months to get an appointment, but I am scheduled to have a “telehealth call” on Friday. If you’d like to reach out to me personally, I’d love to chat. My email is jenroland@gmail.com. God bless!

  5. Jen, I am at the same place! Asking God to heal my disks and take the pain…doing all I can to be wise and do what doctors say and still live in faith that my God is able! 15 months have passed and yet I am not whole but my heart is steadfast in my belief that God is still on the throne and He will see me through! Thank you for sharing…it gives me hope to know I am not alone in this.

    • Teresa, You definitely are not alone! I wrote this post over a year ago and I have seen numerous ways that God has used my pain to minister to others and grow my faith since then. I recently spoke at a conference on how pain can propel us toward wholeness rather than lead us toward anxiety and defeat, which I am turning into a free 5-day video series on my blog. If you’re interested in checking it out or talking further, you can reach me at jenroland@gmail.com. God IS able and is in the business of healing – whether that’s our broken hearts, relationships, or physical bodies. Keep praying and holding on to that hope!

  6. Jen,

    This is a very encouraging & uplifting post. My belief is that God allows pain & suffering down here to bring us closer to Him. The bigger the problem the more we run to & depend on Him for our healing. We must realize that God’s economy & timing are not our own. In light of eternity our light afflictions here are nothing. Paul states it best in Romans 5:3-5 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. We need to persevere to win the ultimate crown of victory & live eternity with Jesus.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Dear Jen, what a touching story. I’m praying for you and praising God for the example of faith you are.

    Marinalva Sickler

  8. Thank you for reminding us of Gods grace and the God of Hope we have. I’ve been through five oral cancer surgeries with constant mouth pain but Gods been with me all the way. Keep looking unto Jesus. ❤️.

    • JoAnn, I am so sorry to hear about your mouth pain. When pain becomes constant, it can be hard to deal with the discouragement we feel, but God invites us to keep bringing those feelings to him, as you are doing. I will be praying for you, friend – that God would provide you with His comfort and relief and that you would come to know Him better through your trials. Thank you for taking the time to read my article and comment. God bless!

  9. Beth, I agree with you that God often uses pain to bring us closer to Him and develop a deeper reliance on His power. In our weakness, His power is made perfect, so when we operate within our limitations He receives the glory! I love the verse you cited in Romans 5. These are good ones to cling to when we are going through difficult times.

  10. Thank you for sharing,am encouraged, having had surgery recently, taking long to recover am holding unto God