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Each week I share a thought from the previous week’s reading here.

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WHEN LIFE HURTS

I hate to break it to you, but pain is an inevitable part of the human existence.

But you already knew that.

Childbirth. Cancer. Divorce. Global pandemic. Job loss. The list is endless, and often so are the questions. There will always be a lot of unknowns surrounding the pain we face, so I wanted to focus on a few things we know for sure…

“let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

1 Peter 4:19 ESV

Here are a couple quick takeaways from Peter’s words here…

You can be in the will of God and in pain at the same time.

According to Peter, some suffering is “according to God’s will.” That’s not to say God caused the suffering, just that He allowed it. God isn’t the author of the pain, but He is the redeemer of pain, sin, and the human existence. So when suffering hits, don’t immediately assume you’re doing the wrong thing. After all, you didn’t expect the devil to make things easy when you chose to obey God, did you?

When suffering hits, keep obeying and entrusting.

There’s often nothing else you can do besides “doing good” and entrusting your soul to your faithful Creator. God may not give you all the answers or a clear timeline, but that’s the life of faith, isn’t it? Even when nothing else is faithful or consistent, you can rest in the fact that your Creator is. And while you’re awaiting deliverance, healing, or an answer to prayer, keep “doing good.” In other words, stay faithful where you are on the way to wherever you’re going.