Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pain and Suffering: A Biblical Response

Introduction:

On Monday morning while Brenda was getting ready for work we were having a conversation basically on the will of God. While we were talking, Brenda brought up the following verse about Jesus, the will of God and his suffering while in his humanity. The Bible says in Matthew 26:39, “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

The context of this passage is Jesus praying in Gethsemane. He knew he was about to die and suffer intently. He knew pain was coming. The word ‘cup’ indicates that in his humanity he really did not wish to suffer, but He was willing.

I have a question, “what if the cup of suffering and pain was inevitable or it just happened, how is the believer suppose to response?” I wish today to give you a Biblical response to pain and suffering, but not just any response, but lessons that God has taught me personally.

Outline: How is the believer to respond to suffering and pain?

  1. We must covenant God’s promises, because it helps us remember what God said.

Psalm 119:89

89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

  1. We must keep on praying because it reminds me of God’s character.

John 17:3

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

  1. We must depend on Jesus praying for us when we can’t.

Hebrews 7:22-25

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

  1. We must depend on the Holy Spirit praying for us as well.

Romans 8:26-27

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

NLT

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Conclusion: Do you hurt today?

  1. Then, meditate on the promises of God.
  1. Keep on praying.
  1. Depend on Jesus praying for you.
  1. Depend on the Holy Spirit as well.