Shouts in your pain

What I’m about to say might be difficult to hear. But God can grow you through what you go through. Even when it’s difficult.

In Romans, Paul explains that when we are given eternal peace with God through Christ, it changes our perspective about everything else. “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:2-4).

Suffering, then perseverance, then character, and then hope!

C.S. Lewis is known as a best-selling author and world-class literary critic. He also faced his fair share of hardship. His mother died when he was young; he fought in World War One; was wounded in that same war; and had to bury his wife.

In a book called The Problem of Pain, he wrote: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

What I think Lewis is saying is that pain is so powerful that it gets our attention; it wakes us up to hear what God might be saying to us with greater clarity.

That doesn’t mean that pain and hardship are good. But God can grow you through what you go through. Even when it’s difficult.

Are you experiencing some sort of hardship? I’m guessing yes. Ask yourself: How might God be trying to grow me through this experience—to make me wiser, stronger, more humble, more loving, or more faithful?

God can grow you through what you go through.

Are you listening for his voice?

By Matthew Ruttan

–This Sunday at Westminster I’m teaching about how to wander successfully into an uncertain tomorrow as we struggle through Covid-19. If you want to watch our live-stream click here to receive an email on Sunday morning connecting directly to us.

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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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