Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Word Of The Day... September 11, 2013.....

An Eternal Perspective on Pain

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  —Romans 8:18

As much as we may try, we can't control the universe. Like it or not, pain will come knocking at our door in some, way, shape, or form. We can try to turn it away, but pain will come in anyway. We have a choice as to how we will deal with it. We can either waste our pain, or we can use it for God's glory.

How can pain be used for God's glory? Two people come to mind. The first is Joni Eareckson Tada. At age 17, a diving accident left her a quadriplegic. Yet she has brought inspiration and hope and encouragement to millions of people around the world. Had she lived her life without this disability, I am sure she would have been used by God. But would she have been used in the same way? It doesn't seem likely. God took this pain and used it for His glory.

Then there is Nick Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, he was so despondent as a youth that he was suicidal. And yet he has sought again and again to bring encouragement to people throughout the world. Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a tiger shark in Kauai.  She was a born again Christian at the time she was injured and has used the injury to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Joni, Bethany and Nick are living proof that God can take the pain in our lives and use it for His glory. So we have to look at it with an eternal perspective and realize that it will all work together for good (see Romans 8:28). The hope of a new heaven and a new earth by and by helps us to keep perspective in the here and now, during times of trial.

There is coming a day when wrongs will be righted, when pains will be healed, when sorrow will be eradicated. God will make up what we have lost here on earth. God will make all things new.

As I read this devotional from Pastor Greg Laurie today I was reminded of my own perspective on the pain that I have gone through in my own life.  I was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in February of 2009. At first I was so frightened and believed that it was time to get everything in order so that I could meet the Lord.  Lung cancer is a killer and I have to tell you Jesus was with me every step of the way.  He met me in the midst of my suffering and has never left my side.  This month I am four years lung cancer free to the glory of Jesus Christ!!!

I am now very thankful for every day that I am alive and I love sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone that I meet.  I can honestly tell you that I am thankful for the cancer because having lung cancer has opened doors to share Jesus!!  It has totally changed my walk with Him and I thank Him and praise Him for it.  Many people in this fallen world face horrible challenges, but for the Christian the good news is we never have to face them alone.  We never have to carry that fear for tomorrow or the guilt of our past.  We have the eternal security of knowing that when we leave this world, we are going home to Jesus Christ!!!  Now that is what I call freedom!!!  Have a great day!!!  God bless you!!!


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