When times are tough, we often wonder if God is really there at all – and if He is, why does He allow us to endure such pain? Dr. Jeff Myers, President of Summit Ministries, shares an encouraging word from John 16:33 for those wondering how to respond to the pain of life.

“In this world you will have trouble. You will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.”

In this instance, the word ‘overcome’ is a battle word.

“It comes from the Greek goddess nike and it means to deprive the enemy of its ability to cause harm.”

When we enter into relationship with God, past hurts and pain do not simply disappear. At times, they can intensify as we grow in our faith. However, that does not mean God is not present.

“When we understand pain from Jesus’ perspective, the suffering takes on meaning. God is not as interested in ending our pain as He is growing our dependence on Him day after day. That’s why Jesus prayed, ‘give us this day our daily bread,’ that’s why in the Old Testament God provided the manna for the Israelites every day.”

Sometimes, in our deepest pain, we learn how to be dependent on God for our daily bread.

“During a particularly difficult time in my life, I would lay in bed and say, ‘God, I just can’t do this.’ He would bring Lamentations 3:22-23 to my mind, ‘because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His mercies are new every morning and his faithfulness is great.’”

“It was as if Jesus would say to me through that passage, ‘I don’t want you to think about the next six months, I don’t want you to try to imagine how you’re going to live the next five years of your life like this, let’s do today. My mercies are new today.’”

When we depend on Jesus daily, the questions we have about why pain exists begin to be answered.

Responding to pain in our lives

Dr. Jeff Myers is an author, teacher, and president of Summit Ministries which cultivates young leaders to transform culture with a biblical worldview. He is one of America’s most respected authorities on Christian worldview, apologetics, and youth leadership development. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree from Denver University. Dr. Myers and his family live in Colorado.

2 Responses to "Responding to pain in our lives"

  • Luke says:

    Suffering plays a important part in being conformed to the image of Christ. It is through suffering that we learn obedience to the will of God.
    1 Peter 4:1-2,12-13 KJVS
    [1] Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; [2] That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. [12] Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: [13] But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
    For more on this go to http://www.justifiedfreely.com

  • I just listened to “Responding to pain in our lives,” (The secret battle…with Jeff Myers) on podcast through my favorite radio station, 101.9 here in Iowa. I’m not a big reader, but this sounds like a wonderful book and I love his thoughts. I guess God wanted me and I really needed to hear it again. Thanks for having such wonderful guests on your show and I think you are awesome Susie.

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