Daily Devotional – 10/16/13 “No pain, no gain?”

Why do we have to endure pain in order to gain something? Why do we have to be hurt before we finally realize something is wrong? Why does pain have to be so bad? Why does it have to hurt like it does? I mean, I sit and watch my sister in agonizing pain with a condition that is so uncommon in someone her age that even the doctors act like they are scared to treat it and I wonder what she is suffering for. Then I read in my bible Psalm 41:2-3 that says, “The LORD will protect him and keep him alive, and he shall be called blessed upon the earth; and do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; in his illness, you restore him to health;” and I realize that this pain is simply showing that no matter the situation, you’re strong because you have been slipped in saving solution that secured your soul for this shut down in order to start you back up with your spirit sprinkled with sanctification that significantly steadies you and stops you from stumbling but subscribes for you, support that sustains you even in the midst of this storm. See, I realize that most people would have accidentally overdosed by now with all the medicine she’s on, yet God is sustaining her because she is being called blessed! I realize that most folk have even committed suicide with this same disease yet God is sustaining her even on her sickbed because she is called blessed. I even realize that somebody reading this is in pain trying to figure out what their gain will be yet God is sustaining you too because just like her you are also called blessed. Yea, after this pain you’ll have a testimony that will make unbelievers believe, sinners repent, backsliders come home and workers more willing. Yea, after this pain comes gain!

So, when you ask if there is something to gain from your pain, let me tell you; YES for 1 Peter 4:13 says, “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” and 2 Corinthians 1:5 that says, “For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.” See, in suffering you gain a Savior and in pain you gain your purpose. In suffering you gain spirituality and in pain you gain perseverance. In suffering you gain the Holy Spirit and in pain you gain peace. After the pain of losing a loved one, you gain comfort from knowing they’re at rest. After the pain of going through hell, you gain your train fare to Heaven. After the pain of sickness and disease, you gain healing. After the pain of losing a job, you gain a career. After the pain of being rejected, you gain the open doors that God has for you. So, you see there is something to gain from your pain, so hold on. Even I will have something to gain from this pain that my sister is dealing with and I shall wait patiently to see what it shall be. There is pain but afterwards you shall gain all that God has for you!

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