Pain: How should God’s children respond?
“If you self-identify as a believer in Christ—and God is your Father—there are certain ways that you should respond to pain,” said Pastor Miles in his Sunday message.
Spiritually speaking, we can only have one father or leader. As Matthew 6:24a says, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.” Either God is your Father, or the devil is.
We have either been through or are currently going through pain. In those moments, it’s important to ask, “How am I responding to my pain?”
Complaining to God or people, blaming others, and saying that you don’t deserve it—those are all responses to pain that are consistent with the behavior the devil’s children. The devil will tell you that it’s all about you, that you deserve good things and you don’t deserve pain. A selfish response to pain is not consistent with the behavior of a child of God.
If you identify as a child of God, but are realizing that you need to change your response to pain in your life, then “fabulous!”
Sometimes, we fall into the bad habit of exaggerating the consequences of the pain we encounter. From God’s perspective, we “do not know what will happen tomorrow” (James 4:14). “How are you predicting all this drama that is going to happen because you lost your job?”—asked Pastor Miles, dramatizing his point.
As God’s children, our goal should be to respond like Jesus who, when faced with suffering and a painful death on the cross, prayed “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” in Matthew 26:39.
In fact, in John 10:18 Jesus says of His life, “no one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.” That’s our goal! To be willing to voluntarily walk into pain on behalf of other people.