Recently I was asked to share a short testimony and some thoughts about how God helps us through our times of pain and suffering with our youth group at church.
The first testimony part is a bit too personal to share on here, but I thought I would share some of the ways God promises to help us through our suffering. I hope they will help you and encourage you.
1. God promises to help us
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
God promises to help us. He is our ever present and our refuge and our strength. A refuge is a place you can go to, to get away. A place where you know help will be and you will find comfort. There are so many times in my life where I never thought I could go on, but by knowing God is helping me and my refuge got me through.
2. God promises to never leave us
Hebrews 13:5 tell us that “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
Knowing that God will never leave me has helped. In the early part of my life through all the struggles of family life, terrible health and depression I felt so alone. I felt like no-one really knew me and my struggles. It gave me comfort to know God promises to never fail me and never abandon me.
3. God promises to give us strength
Philippians 4:13 says, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
God promises to give us strength and there are times when we really need it. This is something that I have prayed for a lot over the years. Sometimes I imagine getting to heaven and seeing the things that I have prayed for most. Close to the top of the list will be “Lord give me help, I need strength to do this”. And God always does help. Somehow I am able to do what I need to do.
4. God says our suffering can have purpose
Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”
At the time our suffering does not make sense. It is just hard and seems unfair. But God tells us that He can use our suffering for good. I have lost track of the times that the things I have been through have helped others. Recently I was able to talk to a 11 year old boy who was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. He was worried for his future, but I was able to reassure him that things would be ok.
5. God promises that suffering will not last forever
Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe every ear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
God promises that one day we will live in heaven and there will be no more pain and suffering. No more sadness and no more death. No one will hurt us or abuse us. No one will cause us harm. We will be loved and accepted and experience perfect peace. This gives me comfort. This gives me hope.