Pain Gets Our Attention

Posted by Dan Rude on

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.   – Psalm 27:4

Knowing that God is in the middle of my life, stripping me of my idols, is so comforting to my soul. It comforts me because I know God has not abandoned me. He hasn't promised me everything is going to work great. But I know He's refining me. He's doing the same in your life. It might take a long time, or it might be quick. So I ask Him, "What are You doing here, God? What are You trying to refine? What area of faith are You trying to teach me?" There is something about pain that gets our attention.

That takes us back to the life of Hannah in the book of 1 Samuel. It was the Lord who did not allow her to get pregnant. She was going through a difficult time. But Hannah handled her disappointment heroically.

What do you do when you're disappointed? How do you handle it? There are a lot of ways to react. There are a lot of unhealthy ways, but there are also healthy ways. And we see Hannah's faith come out of her in a difficult time.

We see that Hannah was deeply hurt: "Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:10 NLT). "Bitterly" here is from marah (from which we get the name Mary). She is struggling in her soul to continue to do what is right, to continue to trust God. Bitterness is the natural by-product of long-term disappointment, long-term frustration. What does your faith have to say to bitterness in your life? More tomorrow.

Submitted By:
Dan Rude
Faithwalkers Midwest 2014
Dealing with Disappointment Heroically

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