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The Purpose of My Pain

Updated on December 9, 2010

There Was A Purpose For My Pain

Psalms 119:67-71,

Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

We never stop to think that through our pains, our trials, and our hardships that God is working something out in us, that will ultimately work together for good. More often than not, we only focus on where we are, and the pain that we have to endure. No one wanders on purpose outside of their comfort zone, and extend an invitation to be tried and afflicted. We would much rather recline on our beds of ease and contentment, than to be rattled or rustled by the vicissitudes of life.

I rose early from my bed yesterday. I had been given revelations and visions all night long about material to be included in my new book. I was determined to get a cup of coffee, and crank up the computer, while the thoughts were still vivid, almost real, in my mind about how to move my manuscript forward. I had reasoned that I would not allow myself to be disturbed or interrupted before writing a couple of chapters. My mind was fresh, my juices were flowing, and empty pages lay before me yearning to be filled with my writing.

Suffice it to say, that I was at my computer for less than an hour before my phone began to ring. On the phone was a close friend of mine, also a devout man of God, and a Pastor. He had called seeking guidance and prayer. He began to share with me some issues that he had been dealing with in his church. I knew by his tone of voice that he was distraught. His voice was weak, his speech was slow, and he seemed to be choosing his words carefully. By now I could feel that his spirit was low, and his heart was burdened by the things he was having to deal with.

I sat and listened, allowing him to get it all out, to empty himself, before I began to comment or even ask a question. I wanted not only to hear what he was saying to me, I wanted to understand. After he had given me the full gist of his predicament, I referred him to a passage of scripture that spoke to what he was facing. And after some time, we gave ourselves over to prayer.

After hanging up the phone, I realized that all of my motivation to continue writing was gone, and also, that he and I had been on the phone for nearly three hours. I saved the one and a half pages that I had written, logged off from my computer, and began to pray for my friend. During the next two hours, I received two other like calls from friends, who were also Christian, requesting prayer and encouragement.

It Was Good That I Had Been Afflicted

I gave myself over to prayer for my friends. I knew from personal experience, that being a Pastor was not always easy. I knew that being a Pastor meant "taking more than your share of the blame, and less than your share of credit."

Somewhere near two-thirty that evening, my oldest son walks into the house. I was glad to see him, and especially glad to see him looking so chipper. He told me that he had taken the day off, without pay, to go to court to hammer out a legal matter, and had just stopped by on his way home. I asked him how he could be so up-beat dealing with the things that were on his plate.

My son looked at me, and said, " Dad, I've watched you go through."

He said, dad, I remember you borrowing money to put gas in your car, to deliver food to families in need. I've watched you pray for others when you needed prayer for yourself. I've watched you give until you had nothing left to give. I've watched you struggle alone, to do what God has called you to do.

It was at that moment, when I lifted my tear stained face towards the heavens, and said to God, " It was good for me to have been afflicted."

If my pain and hardships ensured that my sons would be strong, it was good for me.

If my sorrows and tribulations meant encouragement for another brother in crisis, it was good for me.

No one could have ever made me believe that all of my suffering would bring glory to God. Now, I was just glad that God had chose to use me. I was just glad that God had allowed me to be a vessel in His service. My first book, " It Took A Cross To Raise Me" was written as a release from the pain that consumed me. Seeing my own son, walk with his head high, his shoulders back, and a smile on his face, in the midst of all he was going through, and hearing the sound of hope and encouragement in the voices of friends made me know, " The Purpose Of My Pain."


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    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Greetings, please forgive my long delay in replying. Thanks for stopping by to read my hub. I would so welcome a conversation with you. Email me @ and we will make the arrangements and schedule. Be blessed. Godpreacher

    • howtosolutions profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub! Hope to have conversation with you one day =)

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Great and insightful hub. Sometimes we have to be afflicted to be intimate with God once again. The pains of life should never turn us away from the Lord but they should bring us into a face to face encounter with Him. As John Piper says "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him inspite of the losses and pain." Thank you for sharing these great insights. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      fantastic hub of love pastor. I am so grateful I was led h. May our Lord continue to Bless you and make His face shine on you. You are heartfelt and true. You are right on every path the painful ones included they are all beautiful and necessary for our spiritual growth. It is not easy but we have the pomises of Christ. He wil never leave nor forsake us. He is IAM and never changes. He is the living word.

      Know Jesus Know peace, No Jesus No peace. Every day is good day even if it is hard because Christ is the Living Word.

      Great awesome hub of love. Hugs Galore to you and yours.

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      Matthew Milam II 

      7 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

      I remember the day I first sat at a computer screen and started writing. It was more of a hunt and peck as I don’t type. To this day I haven’t put the keyboard to memory, and for me it’s a slow process. At the time I had just loss my wife and in the midst of trying to be strong for my children, I faced the screen to vent. I guess I was O.K. from a physical standpoint but mentally… I was a wreck. I won’t attempt to describe the pains of my loss... I can’t. What I can speak about is the result that was born from the time I sat down venting on-line. God used the computer, a blog site, and my words to create a ministry. What started simply and humbly enough has since escaped the confines of cyber space and expanded into the world. From Bible studies and disciple preparation, to counseling, teaching, preaching, and pastoral care. We never know what Our Father is pouring into our vessels of life, and sometimes it seems painful to us as the vessel strains to receive the blessing.

      I thank God for His wisdom as well as my pain.


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      Troy Wilkerson 

      7 years ago from Norfolk, VA

      That was very inspirational, keep up your "good works."

      May God continue to bless you,Amen

    • Tamarajo profile image


      8 years ago

      This is so true. Affliction actually makes me cling to His ankles with all that I have. I appreciate His righteous afflictions. lovely hub

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      His daughter 

      8 years ago

      It is an encouragement to others I'm sure the testimony that you have given. It is so true that our actions speak so much louder than any words. Your life lived out before others is a testimony of God's faithfulness and His strengthening, keeping power. God bless.

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Sis. DeBorrah, It truly is good to be back, and I receive the warm welcome that has been extended from all of my family here. God knows, God cares, and he's working it out for our good.

      God Bless

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      godPreahcer, Welcome back! I must chime in with RevLady and the others! What a wonderful inspiring testimony! It makes ALL the difference in the world when we KNOW that nothing comes our way that gets by the Lord! God truly does work it all out for our Good in His time!

      Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.


      Thank you for coming by.

      It is a blessing for me to know that this writing has been an inspiration to you, and prayerfully to others. God knows.

      God Bless

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      8 years ago from Makakilo, Hawaii

      Awesome and truly motivational! Keep up the great work!

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      RevLady, It's good to know that even when you're gone, you're not forgotten. Thanks for your prayers and concern. How true it is that our sufferings and sorrows are for a testimony to someone else, and to give glory to God. Through it all,I trust him.

      God Bless

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Marliza, Thank you for such a wonderful comment, and for taking the time to read.You are right, no one knows in the present what God is doing, and how he is working things out. But God knows the end from the beginning. I, like you, had to learn to submit to God. And it was through my difficulties that I truly came to know him. God Bless

    • godpreacher profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      UG, I thank God for friends like you, Revlady, and many others who are constant in prayer. And believe it or not, but those chickens pack a wallop. Thanks for receiving me, and allowing me to share the goodness and awesomeness of our God. I will keep you up-dated on the manuscript.

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      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Well, praise the Lord, the godpreacher is back and you came back in your classic style; laying the truth on us.

      I was shaing with the youth of family not so long ago, that there are time in our lives, when we experience deep pain and sorrows, heart wrenching trials and tribulations, NOT for our sakes, necessarily, but as a testimony for the sake of others. Most, if not all the healings Jesus performed on individuals, was not only for the sake of the infirmed, but for the sake of the observers; for the sake of the Kingdom of God and His glory.

      Wonderful inspiring sharing of your life experience and the ultimate joy you felt that glorified God.

      Blessings and peace in Him!

      Forever His,

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      Marliza Gunter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      By reading this hub, I know that you are the kind of man whose book I would like to read... you speak the truth... if someone told me 10 years ago that heartache and sorrow does have its advantages, I would not agree... but today..looking back over the years of pain and struggle and how it affected me and those around me... truly I must submit to the wisdom of God... He knows what He is doing...

      Praise God for your uplifting point of view and wisdom regarding your pain... for there are those who always blame God and never seem so reach the light of His wise ways with us... you sounded truly like a breath of fresh air...

      I thank God that there is still people like you out there...amen.. :)

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      Unchained Grace 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD


      I thought you got kidnapped by evil rubber chickens or something! I'm real glad to see you back. RevLady and I, along with many others have been concerned for you and I've kept you in prayer.

      You came back solid. What an outstanding blessing on the backend of a painful set of experiences to see that your handling of the situation(s) left a positive mark on your son. That all by itself is a blessing and you have indeed been a living testimony and witness to him just by the way you are!

      Great Hub and keep me updated on your manuscript!


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