No pain, no gain has been a popular phrase among many athletes throughout the past few decades, but it is not just for athletes. Life here on earth is currently in a fallen state and will remain that way until the return of Jesus Christ. Till the day occurs we are set to reside in a fallen state where hardships and trials attack us on the daily, ranging from small to large scale and devastating. Since the fall of man this has been so:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19 NKJV)
There is no escape from the fallen state except by death or by the return of Christ, so do not go looking for heaven on earth because you will not find it. No matter how hard we try we will always run into trials and hard times, but the good news is that we can overcome these hard times by leaning upon God and His word. When we relying on the power of God to strengthen us and His wisdom to guide us we can then push through the hard times and come out victorious.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Lets face it, it is very easy to get side tracked when pain and hurts come our way. When the seas of life begin to rage we begin to sink as we take our sights off Jesus and stare at the waves. The key here is to redirect our sights back on Jesus when we feel like we are sinking and just like Peter when he was walking on the water and began to sink and Jesus pulled him back up, so will He also do for us when we call on His name and set our sights back on Him.
One of the main factors of pain that I like to tell people is that pain is many times needed in order to grow in God as we journey through this life with Him, seeking to reach full maturity. Without pain we can become stagnate in our growth process and ultimately, more times than often, find ourselves drifting away from God as we feel no need for Him with the comforts of an easy life rocking us into a spiritual slumber.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)
I do not know where you stand today. I am not sure of what battles you are facing, but remember to ask God for wisdom and strength to guide you through the pain. Ask Him to reveal to you what He is doing through this battle and to continue to help you grow in Him more and more with each passing day. You are an overcomer in Christ, so move forward in faith to the victory that lies ahead! God bless!