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19 July – Facing Pain

There is no easy way to go through pain; it is either faced, acknowledged for the hurt it is causing and processed, or we get as far away from it as possible through such things as denial, burying it down deep, or self-medicating in an effort to numb the hurt. At its worst, pain, if allowed, will become a permanent resident in our souls where it begins to both control and shape every relationship, circumstance and dream within its reach.

However, the amazing truth is that we can recover and bounce back from pain. Firstly we have to decide that regardless of how much it hurts, and it is going to hurt, we will choose to look pain full in the face and get to the root of our hurt. When we decide to do that, God promises He will work in our restoration process and reveal a renewed life and purpose as He heals our wounds.

He promises us that, “He is near to the brokenhearted and all those who are crushed by pain.” (Psalm 34:18)

It’s important to acknowledge that without facing and processing pain, we risk it remaining somewhere in the depths of our souls, where it can manifest into fear, selfishness, anger, bitterness, self pity, low self-esteem, and depression.

However, when we choose to face our pain, something amazing happens. Much like precious metals, which only show their true worth after being forged in the fire, or a diamond that reveals its beauty when placed under pressure, as we face and healthily confront pain, our souls are purified. Our faith, beliefs and who we are, are formed and established. In the process, God works out His purpose in us as we gain perspective, strength, and hopefully greater compassion and empathy for others.

In facing pain, you find both who you truly are and who God is. In His hands, there is purpose wrought from pain and a renewed strength and joy created in you.

Today I encourage you to face your hurts. Don’t deny their existence; keep burying them or be so busy you don’t have time to examine the root of your pain. Trust God with the process, knowing that in His hands He will reveal, guide, counsel and heal your wounds, and bring you safely out the other side.

For, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26)

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are my comfort and strength no matter what I am facing. I’m asking today to help me face the pain and that I will be able to trust you to reveal, counsel and heal my wounds. I trust you today to renew my direction and purpose in you, knowing that you make all things work together for my good. In Jesus name amen.

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