And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
Pain, no matter if it’s physical pain, emotional pain, or spiritual pain, is real. Pain, no matter what the form, takes away life from anyone who lives with it. Pain is debilitating. God’s Word reminds us that when we are in pain, or when we are suffering, we can come to God for restoration, renewal, healing, comfort, and peace. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)
Suffering gives rise to inner distress, on account of a sense of injustice, frustration, loss or anger. Jesus himself provides an example of such suffering to believers. God has delivered all of us through His Son, Jesus. “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV) But you might be saying, “You can’t possibly understand the pain I endure. God can’t possibly understand what I face each day.” Yes, God can. He knows everything you face and feels every pain that encompasses you. Why do I know that to be true? Because God gave. He gave us His Son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV) Jesus was tempted and tested; He was beaten and scourged; He endured everything we face, and yet still followed the will of God to suffer and die on the cross for us.
Friend, when Jesus hung on the cross the people believed that He was cursed by God. The onlookers thought Christ was suffering only what He deserved, but His experience of pain and anguish was for His people. “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV) The extremity of His suffering shows that Jesus’s compassion is real. That same compassion exists with every thought Jesus has for you. When you are in pain, whatever the kind or for whatever reason, Jesus is moved with compassion. And the power of God in Christ is the same to remove your pain. “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14 NKJV) The eternal promises of God’s Word are true. The eternal promises of no more death, nor sorrow, nor suffering, nor pain are true. We can receive that promise into each and every painful situation we encounter by simple belief. Each of us may be different, but the promises of God are Yes and Amen. It is available to us in the name of Jesus who came and suffered and died and rose so that pain and sickness and sorrow would no longer keep us captive.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your promise to remove our pain and sickness and sorrow. Thank You for defeating sin and death for us. Lord, we lift our prayers to You. Deliver us from the pain and suffering of this world. Bring us into Your everlasting peace and rest. Lord, we believe. Help us with our unbelief. Heal us Lord of all our pain. For Your glory and honor. In Your Name, Jesus. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!