The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
Last week the staff and I were able to attend the WYLL 1160AM Pastor’s Appreciation Brunch. We had a wonderful time fellowshipping with pastors and church leaders from across Chicagoland. The keynote speaker for the event was Greg Laurie who will be hosting one of his Harvest Crusades in Chicago in the fall of 2010.
Pastor Laurie’s theme that day was “Preaching Through Pain.” He eloquently shared with us that pain reminds us that we need God. That even through the painful seasons of our life we have to have faith in the plan of God. Pastor Greg reminded us that God never tells us His whole plan, He just tells us that He has a plan.
So why does God allow pain in our lives?
- It gets our attention.
- It humbles us.
- It teaches us truths we would otherwise not learn.
- It gives us a new compassion for hurting people.
Don’t waster your pain! Allow God to work in your life as you learn and grow through your pain.