Your pain has a purpose
James 1:2-4, NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
There is a side to suffering you miss when you focus only on your pain and suffering rather than on God’s greater purpose. If you can see the purpose beyond the pain and suffering you will understand God’s ability to use the suffering in your life for greater purpose.
In Genesis 37-46, Joseph (the dreamer) was thrown into a well and then sold him as slave to Potiphar(Captain of Pharaoh’s guard) by his brothers because they were jealous of him. Later, Joseph became Pothiphar’s personal servant, and afterward he became his household superintendent. Potiphar’s wife was so attracted to Joseph and she tried to seduce him, which he refused. Joseph clearly states that he desires to honor his master and that giving in to her requests to be with her is something wicked in the eyes of the Lord. Joseph’s decision is to flee so that he may uphold the moral will of God. Angered by running away from her, she made a false accusation saying that Joseph was the one trying to seduce her. Because of this false accusation Joseph was thrown into prison.
Joseph was released from prison to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream – 7 years of abundance throughout the land of Egypt, and 7 years of famine will follow, and advised the Pharaoh to store food in preparation for the famine. Following the prediction, Joseph became the 2nd in command in Egypt.
In the 2nd year of famine, Joseph’s brothers were sent to Egypt to buy food, these are the same brothers that threw him into a well and sold him as a slave. He forgave his brothers and reunited with them and with his father Jacob, and saved his family’s heritage.
Despite of what happened to Joseph, the emotional and physical pain and the sufferings, he understood that his Heavenly Father love him and he is in control, and Joseph continued to live with the knowledge that he would not be forsaken no matter what he endured. He may have been given a small idea of what the future held for him in his dreams, but he was never told what he would have to go through to get there. He simply trusted God.
God doesn’t hurt you on purpose. The world we live in does. People hurt each other. Greed, selfishness, jealousy, violence, war and deception are everywhere. You may have those that who will turn against you, natural disaster may destroy all you own, your relationship with your partner has failed, or you may diagnosed with cancer. God doesn’t create these things to hurt you. He is the one who wants to rescue you from these brokenness, from the pain and sufferings and turn these unwanted situations to work out for your good. God wants you to grow in a certain area and prepare you for the next level that He wants to take you to.