“The Pain of Surrender”
March 18, 2019
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:4-5
Pain is one of those why moments for us when it comes to our relationship and conversations with God. Why does God allow pain in our lives? What’s the point?
If these are questions you wrestle with, you are not the only one. Men and women of God throughout scripture have wrestled with this why in the middle of their pain, people who lived lives surrendered to God. Joseph had a vision for his life and because of it was imprisoned, lied on and abandoned by his own family. The Bible tells us that the prophet Habakkuk cried out to God in the midst of his suffering, burdened for change in the city:
How long, O LORD, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Habakkuk 1:2
There are plenty of accounts in the Bible that speak to pain in the life of the believer, and most of them point to this one truth: pain is a part of a life surrendered to God.
Choosing to neglect your own plans for your life to pursue the purpose of God is painful. Being criticized by your loved ones for being a believer is painful. It’s painful to be stretched out of your comfort zone to the higher calling God has for you. It’s a test of character. These moments of pain are purposeful and preparing us for impact in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
Jesus Christ’s pain as told through the prophetic words of Isaiah perfectly symbolizes for us the purpose of our pain in light of surrender to God; because nothing that Jesus suffered at Calvary went unnoticed by God and wasn’t attached to purpose. And on the other side of this pain, as it was in the lives of the surrendered and faithful before Jesus, was glory.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18
Let us move forward in hope in the midst of the pain we are facing, in whatever form it may take; for what is to come is far greater than what has been.
Be honest with God about any pain you are facing in this season, and about the challenges this pain presents. Ask for revelation about purpose behind the pain you are experiencing.
Ask God for guidance and resilience, and to give you the courage to face whatever challenges lie ahead.