M. Scott Peck Once said,
Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. Once we truly know that life is difficult, then life is no longer difficult.”
Going through pain is nothing new in life. We’ve all experienced pain at one time or the other. Pain could be physically hurt, sickness, financial disappointment, difficulties with getting a Job, heartbreaks and emotional pain.
Whatever the cause, as Christians, it is important to learn God’s position on pain and suffering.
Why does God allow suffering to continue? Are there bible verses about pain and suffering that can strengthen my soul?
There are numerous bible verses about pain and suffering in the scriptures. These verses are there to enlighten our minds when we are worried about our situation.
God is not responsible for pain in our lives. He loves us and only wants the best for us. If you feel intense pain and disappointment, it is because of the devil.
The devil understands that his end will come. He knows he cannot defeat the powers of the Almighty. And so, he tries all methods to make us fall from the race of salvation.
Paul, an apostle of Christ, said: “God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle.”
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Therefore, be immovable. God allows all temptations to happen in our lives. Definitely, if we continue to serve him, he will take away every pain in our lives too.
What does the bible say about pain and suffering?
There are numerous words of inspiration in the bible. When you are lonely, disappointed, and going through pains and suffering, you must pick up your bible to encourage yourself.
An important Bible story to inspire you is the temptations of the man, Job. He was an old testament figure that was faithful to God despite all persecutions of the devil. His account is documented in the book of Job.
There are four takeaways from the story of Job that will strengthen you
1. Job was a faithful servant of God yet faced immense temptation
Everyone passes through difficulties in life. Whether believers or unbelievers. If your faith is dampened because God is yet to heal your pain, you need to encourage yourself with the story of Job.
Job was not Just an ordinary believer of God. He served God faithfully. He was blameless in the sight of God.
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Job 1:1
The words perfect and upright shows God’s thoughts about Job. He loved him for always keeping his laws. Yet he allowed him to be tempted.
Job passed through an overwhelming pain. He lost his riches (He was the greatest of all men from the east). He also lost his children (all of them).
Therefore, serving God does not make us free from the persecutions of the devil. If they come, we must understand that God knows all things.
2. Job did not sin against God
It is okay to feel sad in your hearts when you are tempted. It is okay to feel annoyed and angry about your situation. Nevertheless, you must not sin against God.
Job likewise did not sin against God. He understood the ways of God and was patient. Even when tempted by the wife to “Curse God and Die” he rebuked her. Rather, he prayed to God and blessed his name. Here are Jobs words
Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Job 1:21-22
Therefore, whether you may be going through unbearable pain and suffering, or looking searching for the fruit of the womb, or you are struggling with sickness, lift your voices and “bless the name of the lord.”
He will take away all pain and sorrow in his time
3. God took away Job’s pains and suffering and blessed him
In the end, the emotional and physical pain of Job was taken away by God. He blessed him even more than he previously did.
Despite losing all his children, God blessed him with the exact number of children. He lived long on the earth and never felt sorrow.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. Job 42:12
Bible verses about pain and suffering
I have compiled a list of bible verses about pain that will strengthen your soul. Read and be blessed
1. Romans 8:18 – God promises an end to physical pain
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us
As faithful Christians, we must understand that trial and tribulation will come from time to time. The devil will never stop at hurting the children of God.
When you understand this, you easily build up faith in the midst of difficulties. When going through disappointment and pain, you must remind yourself of this bible verse. This is because you will not get discouraged in the service of God.
In this verse, Paul used two main phrases “suffering at this present time” and “glory which shall be revealed.” Paul was a faithful servant of God. Yet, he knew temptations would arise, and we may have to suffer for the sake of Christ.
While going through pain, we must remember that it is only transient. God will not let us suffer forever. He will not allow the devil condemns us. While going through emotional or physical pain, remember that there is “glory in the end.”
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
2. 1 Peter 4:12-19
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (NIV)
This is another Bible verse that reminds us our suffering will not go unnoticed by God. If you are passing through lots of challenges, it is a test by the devil. You must stay strong and be focused on the service of God.
Death, suffering, pains, physical injuries, barrenness, joblessness (and suck likes) should not make us stop serving God. We must continue to endure because we know there is glory in the end.
God has promised us a better life after death. A life that is so beautiful that eyes have not seen nor ear heard. Our focus should be on God’s promise of eternal life.
When the devil causes pain in our lives, we must lift our eyes into the heavens and praise his name. When we feel disappointed and humiliated, we must stay strong and believe in God’s promise.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
3. Psalm 147:3-5 – Bible verses about emotional pain
He heals the brokenheartedand binds up their wounds.He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.Great is our Lord and mighty in power;his understanding has no limit
Its expected that we may forget the power and blessings of God when we pass through diverse temptations. When we are sick or going through pain, we may forget how powerful God is.
God can do the unexpected and the impossible. He can change your situation and replace it with overwhelming joy. Our father can heal the sick, provide a job for the jobless, and put a smile on your face. The psalmist David is saying God is all powerful.
Think about the creation of the world. The earth (and everything in it) was created in seven days. I mean seven days. That’s an extraordinary thing to do in the eyes of man. But God can do anything because he is so all-powerful.
Therefore, God can take away your pain if you believe. He can remove your emotional suffering and disappointment.
The Lord is close to the brokenheartedand saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
4. Psalm 37:24-25
I was young and now I am old,yet I have never seen the righteous forsakenor their children begging bread.
There is one thing you must learn about God. He will never forsake those that trust in him. Are you dedicated to the service of God? Do you follow the commandments of Christ in all your endeavors?
If you consistently live the way expected of a Christian, there is nothing to panic about. When going through pain and suffering, think of the man Job. He was faithful, endured and persevered all temptations. Consequently, God blessed him in the end.
What’s more important is remaining steadfast and believing in God to heal your pain. The phrase “never seen the righteous forsaken” should inspire your soul. The psalmist David is saying, God can never disappoint his people. “He will never” means he will undoubtedly heal your pain.
Bible verses about suffering and hope
Philippians 1:29 (KJV)
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him but also to suffer for his sake;
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.