She left her home. She left everything that was familiar. She journeyed to an unknown place.
But at least she had her family by her side.
Then her husband died. Then soon after her two sons did too.
Naomi was left alone. In a strange land.
The pain of losing her family had to be heavy on her heart. The thought of not being with her old friends, in her old house, had to pull her down.
Naomi felt as if God had dealt bitterly with her. She felt the pain.
We all suffer some sort of pain, whether physically or mentally. Pain is all around.
We call out to the Lord for help. But He doesn’t deliver us. We ask Him why all of this is happening. But we receive no answers.
What is the purpose to our pain?
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death [pain]. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:9)
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
So what is the purpose of our pain?
The purpose is so we can rely on the Lord and grow closer to Him through it all. He will “restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” when it is all over.
Another reason that we go through pain is so that we can comfort others who are dealing with pain.
God is our Comforter. He will comfort you through the pain you are going through now so you can be a comfort to others who are suffering too.
Naomi did not know what was ahead. She did not know that the Lord intended to use her family for His great purpose. She did not know that the pain she suffered was going to be turned into joy.
But God knew.
Dealing with pain and the affects of pain can be extremely difficult. It will sometimes feel as if we just want to give up. But soon the Lord will turn your ashes into beauty and your mourning into gladness (Isaiah 61:3).
Meditate on the verses above when your pain gets heavy. Look to the truth that God knows that everything will come together in the end.
He knows the bigger picture. He knows the great things that He has in store for you. Just rely on Him.
In His amazing love,
How have you witnessed God’s purpose in your pain? What are some ways that you can rely on Him through the difficult times?