Ever notice how pain, either your own or someone else’s, draws us closer to God. Maybe it doesn’t for you. But remember that everything allowed in your life is for a purpose. God will use it to sharpen your godly character, draw you into a deeper relationship and demonstrate His mighty power.
I had the opportunity to turn to God through pain on a ski trip at Mammoth Mountain. My eldest son, who is prone to migraine headaches due to excess physical exercise, came down with a “killer” one after snowboarding on the first day of our trip. He was in so much pain and mom couldn’t do anything. We tried his usual migraine medication but no relief came, it only grew worse. We tried the cold wash cloth on the back of the neck, but that only made him feel more nauseous. I even called our family doctor to ask for other suggestions.
However, relief came only after I began to pray for his healing. Why didn’t I think of that first? God, our great physician, stands ready to heal at a moments notice. I was concerned about how the effects of the altitude may be causing his migraine to be worse than usual. My focus was on the cause of the problem, rather than the solution. How many times do we do that?
Luke 5:31NKJV “Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” Jesus came to my son’s rescue and healed him that day, just as He has done in the past.
How many times do we need reminding our God is faithful and will be there for us? Matthew 8:13NKJV “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” Our belief is the key to answered prayer.
Do you allow pain to turn you to God? Or are you still focused on the reason you’re in pain? Get your eyes on the One who can and will heal you.
Lord thank you for your faithfulness to heal us when we need you. Help us to turn to you first and enable us to be faithful as you are. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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