I think that we cannot have a correct view about our own lives, problems, failures, or victories without a correct view of our God. So that’s where I am going to begin this study.
In this process of learning from my pain one of the first things I had to realize about God is that he is Creator. Now you might be thinking huh? Normally in a study about pain and hardship an attribute of God’s first brought to the fore might be of his mercy, or grace or provision. But no I have learned about a great Creator. Let me give you an illustration that might help clear things up. Picture with me a country road at night, you’re surrounded by rows of corn stretching higher than your head and farther than your eyes can see. Look up into the night sky and see the blanket of stars in the night sky. God created that. And it is good. And he created me. And it is good. He also created every “trial” that comes into my life, it is especially created by him to make me more like him. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that God will not give us something that we cannot handle. He will provide a way of escape so that we can bear it. God isn’t going to create a trial so big that it is just going to crush me. It is not in his nature. But he does create these trials big enough that I realize I can’t handle this on my own. I have to run to Christ.
I run to Christ when worn by life
And find my soul refreshed.
“Come unto Me,” He calls through strife;
Fatigue gives way to rest.
I run to Christ when vexed by hell
And find a mighty arm.
“The Devil flees,” the Scriptures tell;
He roars, but cannot harm.
I run to Christ when stalked by sin
And find a sure escape.
“Deliver me,” I cry to Him;
Temptation yields to grace.