The Stewardship of Pain

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The Stewardship of Pain
'Jesus said we were to let our light shine before men that they may glorify our Father in heaven. How we behave before other people is the way we let our light shine. There are also other ways, and one of the most prominent is by trusting God in our times of adversity. It often seems more difficult to trust God when our circumstances appear irrational and inexplicable.
 
The thrust of trust in God is probably best summed up in the statement that God is infinite in his sovereignty, wisdom and love. Because of that, we can be sure that whatever adversity we may encounter, God is causing it to work out for our good. With that in mind, I have believed and taught for many years that we are to give thanks in all circumstances, even the difficult ones. We glorify God, then, when we trust him even when we don't understand what he is doing through the difficult circumstances we encounter.
 
When we encounter deep heartache or adversity, we may want to deny that God had anything to do with it. This is a common response today and seems to protect God's character, but it does so at the cost of his sovereignty. Another response is to get angry with God, which, of course, means we question both his love and his justice. Or we may simply try to endure the pain, heroically perhaps, but not in a way that honors God. Or we can trust him because we believe that he is sovereign, wise and loving.
 
How can we be good stewards of the pain God gives us? One is to trust him even though we don't understand the purpose of the pain. Another way is to ask for and experience the sufficiency of his sustaining grace, just as Paul did with a thorn in the flesh. We can then, as God gives opportunity, testify to the sufficiency of his sustaining grace. In doing so, however, we want to seek the glory of his grace, not the glory of our own ability to endure. God wants us to bring him glory with whatever pain he has given us.'*
 
Heavenly Father, as I grow by Your grace and power- in living steadfastly and enduring all trials with patience and prayer, let my life bring You glory. Thank you that even in the worst sufferings I can say that You designed that my faith in the end will result in praise and glory to You.
 
In Your name I will hope, for Your name is good. Psalm 52:9
 
I trust in You, O Lord.  Into Your hands I commit my spirit. Psalm 31:5
 
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 68:19
 
 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
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Linda Miller | Ministry Development 

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