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Many Christians believe that if we live like we are supposed to, we can avoid—or at least minimize—suffering.
A related assumption is that life will, one way or another, inevitably turn out positive. This is the vague optimism that comes through in clichés like, “Every dark cloud has a silver lining,” or “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” A friend of mine calls it the “Little Orphan Annie philosophy”: “The sun’ll come out tomorrow.”
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The Bible offers a different approach. Rather than assuring God’s children that life will be free from suffering, Scripture actually promises suffering.
The Apostle Paul, for instance, affirms in Romans 8 that suffering is a part of the believer’s life. He says this present time has sufferings (verse 18) and we groan under them (verse 23). Even creation (of which we are all a part) is “subjected to futility” and in bondage to corruption (verses 20–21 CSB).
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The question for believers is not whether we’ll endure pain. That’s a guarantee. The question is how we’ll endure pain. Will we bring God our aching hearts in these moments or try to cope through some other means?
If you are walking with someone who is going through pain, take a clue from the Spirit of God: Don’t try to explain everything. You may be trying to explain what can’t be explained. Just sit with them. Weep with them as they weep. And pray along with the Spirit for them.
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If you are in a season of pain, bring your pain to God. Bring it to others. Are you having a hard time seeing what “good” could come from your suffering? Be honest about it.
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