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God is: always on our side; totally committed to doing us good; our deliverer from condemnation; always loving us, even when we are experiencing pain and difficulties.
Tim Hansel has lived in constant pain since his severe spinal injury. Just to give an idea of the kind of pain he has learned to deal with, let me quote a section of his book, You Gotta Keep Dancin’. He describes his attempt to return to an active life after a mountaineering accident left him with fractures of the vertebrae, crushed discs, and fragments of bone in his neck. He writes, “I kept on climbing, jogging, and playing tennis—until the day I discovered that my spine wasn’t quite as stable as the doctors had thought.” He describes playing tennis one day with a friend when they both heard a loud crack during Tim’s serve. His friend thought that Tim had broken his racket serving. “What had actually happened was that I had torn several ribs from my spine (but I aced the serve). After a week spent in traction, I came home wearing a body cast from my belt up … and the pain made a quantitative and qualitative leap.” (p. 35)
Pastor George continues on from last week, referenceing to Elijah and continueing on with how Elisha pressed into the things of God. He encourages and reveals how we can do the same through the Lord Jesus.
Jim Howard walks us through how we can become fodder for the Enemy when we are distracted by other things. Some of these distractions are the burden of guilt, or the pain of bitterness, our inability to control our desires and the fear of death.
Loss, by definition, necessitates adaptation. A question then, is, will you look more like Jesus after it? Therefore another question - How do you handle grief and loss as a follower of Jesus?
In and following moments of pain, struggle and despair. we are called to prayer that recognizes those places and ways that God is at work.
How to pursuit truth in the midst of pain, not in the absence of it
Let me suggest that the greatest blessing was not Job's restored fortunes, but his new gifting of compassionate prayer to offer healing to others. We might say that Job graduated from the school of sorrow with a diploma as a “wounded healer.” Let’s explore the idea that Job became a man who could bless others through his new ministry of prayer and healing.
It is essential to understand the relationship between the cross and the sufferings of humanity. How then does the cross speak to us in times of pain and suffering? I want to give you two truths (there are many more!) on how the cross speaks to us in our suffering.