Verse of the Day


"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."

~Philippians 3:10-11


Today's Devotional Thought

July 19, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



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Why Do We Hurt?

Why does God allow us to hurt? Have you ever thought about this question before? If God loves us, then why does He let us hurt? We experience major tragedies, minor hassles, triumphs and failures, and through so many of life’s experiences, we feel pain. God lets us feel disappointment, betrayal, disillusionment, and overall hurt.

Why does He let us hurt?

Sheila Walsh posted the following statement recently in one of her blogs: “What if the greatest mystery of the gospel is that God’s light shines through broken glass with greater intensity than through unmarred windows?” As I read that statement, I reflected on the times in my life when I felt God’s love and faithfulness and protection most intensely. And, those times were times of heartache and brokenness.

As I think of the pain that I have experienced in life and even still am experiencing in life, I am beginning to see it as a portal to fully experiencing God. Without trials and periods of waiting, how do we experience God’s faithfulness? Without need and deficiency, how do we experience God’s provisions? Without our own weaknesses and inabilities, how do we experience God’s strength?

I have begun to see my trials and hurts as opportunities to fully experience God. You see, there are pieces of who God is that we just can’t experience in the good times. If you never have needs, you can’t see them fulfilled by the Almighty. If you never have an impossible situation, then you can never experience God’s miracles.

So, why does He let us hurt? God lets us hurt so we can fully experience Him. My God is faithful and mighty and performs miracles. And, without the pain in my life, I would never have experienced those dimensions of Him.

The next time you are hurting, call on the Lord to help you through. And, look at those trials and sufferings as an opportunity to fully know the Father and fully experience all of Him. And as Paul has said to the Romans and to the Colossians, we can rejoice in our sufferings because of everything we gain through them. Gain a deeper relationship with the Lord today by inviting Him into your sufferings and letting Him work.


Memorize this verse today:

"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."
~Philippians 3:10-11



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