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When the Pain Won’t End

December 26, 2018 | Author: | Posted in P, Treasuring Family

Today’s devotional reflection on treasuring family is about: When the Pain Won’t End.

9 “but he has answered me, ‘My grace is enough for you: for power is at
    full stretch in weakness.’ It is, then, about my weaknesses that I
    am happiest of all to boast, so that the power of Christ may rest
    upon me;”

    – 2 Corinthians 12:9, NJB

When the Pain Won’t End (Treasuring Family Devotional Reflection)

Leroy woke one morning feeling nauseated and sweaty. He moved to get up but pain ripped through his stomach. He fell onto the carpet, calling out for his wife.

He was taken to a local hospital where doctors began running tests. No one could explain why he was suffering.
During the next few days, Leroy kept calling out to God. He begged for relief from his pain, for healing to be immediate. His local church added him to their prayer circles and many warriors went to God on his behalf.

But still the pain persisted. As Leroy began to feel weaker, he couldn’t understand what was happening. Why wasn’t God giving him relief? He knew he was beloved to God. He knew that God was the perfect Father. So, why wouldn’t He just remove the suffering?

After five days, a new doctor visited Leroy. He examined him, did a medical test and quickly returned. He explained that Leroy’s colon had twisted. “The fact that you’re still in pain is a good sign. If your intestines ruptured, your discomfort would be gone. But you’d also go into septic shock and die shortly after that.”

When Leroy heard those words, he suddenly felt grateful for the pain that God hadn’t stopped. While he’d questioned God for refusing to end the pain, He saw now that God had been acting from a place of mercy and love.

Leroy needed surgery to fix his colon. But he’s on the mend now and his doctor expects him to make a full recovery.

God, I confess: I don’t understand Your ways.
I don’t understand Your plans.
So I fall onto the character of Who You are.
You are a good Father who loves me fiercely.
Thank You for that love! Give me strength as
I walk through this season of pain.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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