Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pain and Suffering:  A Biblical Response, Part Two

Introduction:

Last week we talked about Pain and Suffering. Basically, from a scriptural point of view we discussed how the believer is to respond during those times. Today, I wish to continue this line of thought, but asking a different question. That question being, what is the follower of Christ suppose to believe while suffering? What we truly believe in suffering will lead to how we will respond.

While reading Psalm 119, I came across a verse, specifically, verse 168; the last part reads, “for all my ways are before you.” Since God is all-knowing and he sees every detail of our lives, He knows our pain, so it is vital what we believe during the times of suffering.

Outline:  What should we believe while suffering? 

 

  1. We must believe that God is present with us in our pain.

Matthew 28:20b 

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

  1. We must believe that God is enough during my hour of suffering.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

  1. We must believe that God’s people, His church will be available and present in our hour of great difficulty.

1 Corinthians 12:25-26 

25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

 

Conclusion:  What should we believe while suffering?

 

  1. We must believe that God is present with us in our pain.

 

  1. We must believe that God is enough during my hour of suffering.

 

  1. We must believe that God’s people, His church will be available and present in our hour of great difficulty.