Power and Pain

Author: Savannah Coleman — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: November 20, 2019

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Power and Pain


“God won’t give you more than you can handle,” many well-meaning people have said. However when you’re going through that dark night of the soul—such as the death of a loved one, an unexpected diagnosis, or other deep pain—this saying does not ring true. We may start to think, Why does God allow these hard things we don’t, and may never, understand? Is He even still good?

Whenever I read the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6, I feel comforted. He endured so many hard things for the sake of Christ, including beatings, prison time, and hunger. Instead of making light of his trials, he acknowledged them for what they were: painful!

But what gave Paul the endurance and the ability to stand up under his troubles? The answer is in verse 7: “The power of God.” He relied on God to give him strength.

As children of God, we belong to Jesus, so we have His power, allowing us to demolish the lies we believe during the hard times: we have the Holy Spirit’s help to take our every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Even though Satan would like to keep us in our place of pain, sorrow, and discouragement, he doesn’t have the final word—because Jesus Christ has defeated sin, suffering, and death through His death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-26; 1 Peter 2:22-25).

Perhaps you feel like Paul felt many times, beaten and broken. Be encouraged, for you are not alone. If you know Jesus, He has given you His power and He is with you! • Savannah Coleman

• You or someone you love may be in a place of deep pain and sorrow right now. We live in a broken, sin-filled world. God never promised an easy life, but He did promise that He will be with us always (Matthew 28:20). How does knowing that the God of the universe will never leave or abandon you bring you comfort (Deuteronomy 31:8)?

• Do you ever feel like God doesn’t want to hear about your troubles and your pain? God loves you and wants you to share the good and the ugly, your joys, and even your cries of anger (1 Peter 5:7). What are some things weighing on you that you would like to share with God?

By the word of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left. 2 Corinthians 6:7 (CSB)