Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.
Why Does God Not Remove All Pain From the World?
Romans 5:3-5Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; 4 and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. 5 Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Pain in modern society is to be avoided at all costs. We are obsessed with pain killers and often addicted to them. We try to avoid letting our children experience any problems and often to their detriment. It is one thing to avoid having them get hit by a car, but if we cut their meat for them so they might never cut themselves, they will never learn to use a knife correctly and safely. Some pain is involved in growth and it teaches us valuable lessons.
People say God doesn’t understand…oh but you are very wrong, He sent His Son to take on all the pain and suffering of our world in order to save our eternal souls. Read how Jesus suffered under the weight of the sins and pain, but He never threw His hands up and said enough of this! So great was His love for us.
When we are suffering, we don’t need an explanation of why we are suffering, we need a friend to be there with us and help us through it. Jesus said “I will be with you always, even to the end of the world.”