Today’s Scripture: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9–10

10 Reasons to Believe in a God Who Allows Suffering:

  1. Suffering comes with the freedom to choose. “Would we take freedom from the possibility of pain in exchange for the loss of free will?” (Dr. Paul Brand)
  2. Suffering reveals what is in our own hearts. “Times of pain bring fear, which strips the mental and physical mask.” (Dr. Paul Brand)
  3. Suffering takes us to the edge of eternity.
  4. God can turn suffering around for our good. Joseph’s story — God meant for good what his brothers meant for evil. (Genesis 37–50)
  5. Pain can warn us of danger.
  6. In times of crisis, we find one another.
  7. Suffering gives us the opportunity to trust God. Instead of asking, “Why me?” we should ask, “What now, Lord?”
  8. Pain loosens our grip on life.
  9. God suffers with us in our sufferings.
  10. God’s comfort is greater than our suffering.

The great musician and composer, George Frideric Handel, suffered a stroke and temporarily lost the use of his right arm. Just a few years later, deep in debt and despair, he had the inspiration to write The Messiah.

Helen Keller, blind and deaf, has written, “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and God.”

These examples of people who suffered from pain and physical problems were not hindered by pain but helped. May we finally realize that pain can be, and is, a gift.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.