We can all recall a painful circumstance we’ve had, and we all have to learn how to cope with and navigate the pain we’ve faced. In fact, the oldest book in the Bible is the book of Job, which is an entire book detailing the pain Job endured in his life. So it’s as if God wanted us to know from the very beginning that pain is part of everyone’s story which is why we must learn how to deal with it in a healthy way.

But pain comes in many different forms—physically and emotionally. It’s a universal human experience that holds no bias or respect for who you are or where you’ve come from. Sometimes it comes in waves and feels worse on certain days. However, scripture tells us:

“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later… But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.” – Romans 8:18, 20, 21

For the record: Pain was NOT part of God’s original plan, but rather pain is a result, or a consequence, of sin.

Since the fall in the Garden of Eden, all of creation has been cloaked in pain and suffering. When sin entered the world, it brought havoc upon everyone and everything.

But as Christians, even during times of harsh suffering in our lives, we have the benefit of knowing that our suffering is not in vain. We know that our suffering now is only for a season—and God already has a plan to deliver us from our pain. We have the promise of glory in Heaven.

While we do know how this will happen—through Jesus. We just don’t know when. So until then, we must learn to entrust our pain to God, wait with eager hope and move forward in faith, knowing He will redeem it all in His time.

Our hope is to help you grow in your confidence in dealing with pain to better understand how God will always transform our pain into purpose.

While we don’t know everything you are going through, we are praying that you would see God clearer than you have, and experience His presence more closely—even in the midst of your greatest hurts.

You’re not alone. We’re all in this together—and He is right there with us.

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5