The Miraculous Power of Pain & Suffering – By Thomas Koester

When I get strong, I get lost. When I get busy, I get independent. When I get successful, I get lonely.

I was down and out, from October 11th, 2013 through mid January, 2014. Life had been hard and painful, but God has never been closer than he’s been with me through those difficult months. I’ll tell you, my dear friends, I’d rather be laid up and laid out with God by my side than lonely, but successful in the world any day.

I had gotten to the point in my suffering that I began to thank God for my injuries and sicknesses. I began to see the blessings and the beautiful breaking to my stubborn heart, and the fresh and living water flooding into my dry soul. My pain in a miraculous way allowed God’s voice to become magnified and the whispers of, “I love you son,” filled my troubled mind in those long and dark, painful nights.

I truly want God, but he’s not necessarily in my busyness, nor is he in my business. He’s not in my self imposed deadlines, or in the deadlines of others, which weary my body and mind, and cause me to strain and to force my goals above Gods’. He’s not in the coulda, woulda or shoulda’s, nor is he in my goals of independence and worldly success. God is definitely not in my confused tantrums, my sulking, or complaining.

God is in the midst of suffering; he’s nearby the crushed and the weary; the sick and the lonely. Our God is with the widowed; he’s with the fatherless and alien. He hears the cries and prayers of the broken, the injured and the weak.

“He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle.” Isaiah 42:3 (NLT)

When I get strong, I get lost. When I get busy, I get independent. When I get successful, I get lonely.

I want God, and therefore I welcome the pain and suffering, so that I might gain all that he has for me through it. This is the process that can get us found in God, which can makes us strong in the right things and focused on eternal values, which can bring contentment during our seasons of affliction.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not looking for pain and suffering, only that when it comes, the goodness and presence of God is magnified through it, and therefore, I can revel in it and celebrate because of it. Through it, I have learned that our greatest changes can result from what we suffer. Pain and suffering are powerful for our good!

So, while my body was aching and writhing in pain and anguish, my soul was soaring with God. I worshiped God and thanked him through so much of my illnesses and injuries. The pain still lingers and the scar, which I now bare on my left leg and knee will always remind me of God’s faithfulness to me all the way through it.

And so, I thank God for all of it.

A few weeks ago, I was complaining to my wife, Toni about a difficult client. I was through and ready to cut the relationship and take a significant loss just to get out of the misery.

Then, Toni pulled the “Book of Job” on me:

“Has not God provided through this person?” she said, and then continued: “Shall we curse the very provision because it comes with difficulty?”

Wow! I was called out and convicted. Thank you Toni!

I had set aside, not only heaven’s provision for me, but I had set aside God’s provision of grace and mercy towards the one whom God setup to bring such needed financial provision.

“Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not also receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10

I am not deformed, but I am being transformed. The more we complain and lay blame, the slower our remaking through our braking goes. In my recent story with my client, God used my wife to get me back on track and with God’s program.

Our complaining always works against God’s transforming work, and so we fail to see how God masters evil for our good. Our complaining and blaming causes us to only see the badness of evil, rather the goodness of God in spite of it and His creative use with it.

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I The Lord do all these things.” ERV

Ha, I’ve not heard that verse preached in Church!

So, if God masters light, darkness, peace and evil, how can we be destroyed in the day of pain, sickness and disease? How can we lose if what we fear cannot keep us from winning? How then shall we live, if even evil and the day of disaster is under the control of such a loving and caring Heavenly Father?

I’ll tell ya how we should then live — In Total Victory and with an Overcomer’s Spirit!

Hey, there’s power in what we suffer, no matter how miserable or deadly! But ya gotta put away the complaining and start the thanksgiving and praising.

I was just a young teenager of 14 years old, when I got a hold of a book titled: “By What Standard” By Dr. Rousas John Rushdoony, the father of Mark Rushdoony.

Like the late Dr. Rushdoony, the life and story of Job set the standard of who God is and His power over evil. Page 185 through page 205 of By What Standard, is what impacted me most, in my life as a boy of 14. The Book of Job established my foundation for all my understanding of the ways of God and the ability of God. The Book of Job became my standard of biblical understanding and godly comfort.

Like Job, it is blind faith and trust in the Almighty, whereby God shall succeed in spite of our lack of understanding and even confusion. Our suffering is not the end of the means, but the means to an end, forewhich Satan’s must comply to God’s will over our lives and our wellbeing.

So, the key is to invest all of your faith and trust into God’s will and pain and suffering will become allies to your transformation and glorification.

Hebrews 2:10 (NIV)
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.”

Was it not God who invited Satan to consider His servant Job?

Did not God establish the boundaries after he invited Satan to afflict Job?

(Job, chapters one and two).

God masterfully controlled darkness, sickness and disease over His servant Job, but He also displayed His power over the Prince of Darkness.

The Book of Job reveals how Satan must obey the very boundaries that God sets up, leaving Satan and all evil under the power of the God of the Universe and Creator of all things. And yes, including all angelic beings, and even those who’ve failed at the Heavenly coup d’état of God’s throne and power, and dare I say, they failed miserably!

Genesis 4:6-7
God spoke to Cain:”Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted? And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”

We can master sin because God has mastered evil, and his Son, Jesus Christ has vanquished our sin, he destroyed death and conquered the grave! But tantrums and sulking leaves you vulnerable, and instead of victory you’ll end in defeat.

So, we can thrive in pain and suffering, in loss and betrayal, and evil shall not destroy us. Evil becomes a weapon in the hand of God, disarming our enemy and thwarting evil’s plan for our destruction.

Do you want to disarm the Evil One? Then praise God in the midst of all that hell has unleashed and bask in the suffering with thanksgiving. Trust fully in the God who knows what He is doing and the limits for which evil must obey.

Can we lose?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 ESV

Put your faith and trust in God and become transformed and not deformed by all that you suffer.

Your pain may be your breakthrough into victory and validation that you are a true son or daughter and not a victim.

As a victor, you too will see The Miraculous Power of Pain and Suffering.

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