Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

The Pain of this Life

on July 24, 2014

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Most of my blogs center around a subject that I feel convicted about, study thoroughly and feel led by the Spirit to write. They are topics I am passionate about and I tend to try to leave my own emotional response or opinions on the sidelines. Tonight, I just feel like speaking from the heart.

The truth is, my little family has been going through so much lately in terms of trials and spiritual attack. As a friend and sister in the Lord reminded me, not all trials are specifically attacks of the enemy, although all are no doubt the result of sin and fallen man. Some of the problems we face are just part of life in a broken down and dying world. Others are direct assaults from the father of lies. The point is, we suffer here. Some more than others. Some much more.

This world. Sigh. This decaying, broken down, full of sickness and pain world. How I tire of the endless disappointment, heartache and despair I see in the faces of suffering people. How it wears me down to hear of children battling cancer and terrorists using the elderly and children as human shields! This world! It’s falling apart at the seams. The Bible says it’s groaning as it longs for redemption.

There are so many heartaches. So much pain. So much evil and darkness. So much sickness. Everything, even our bodies, are failing. They are growing weaker by the day. More cancer. More diabetes. More chronic pain and diseases that are progressive and misunderstood. We are eating food that isn’t food and our bodies are crying out for relief. We are filling our homes with violence and divorce and our children are bearing witness. We are flocking to therapists and psychologists and holistic healers to try and heal the brokenness and make sense of the pain. Well, it does make sense. When we look around us, we see darkness, pain and hurt everywhere….both inside and outside the church.

So what’s the deal then for us Christians? I can tell you that more than once have I wrestled with how to maintain hope and joy in the midst of heartache and trouble. As I write this, I am battling it now. I am battling the pain. I’m fighting the despair. I know God is in control and that He will never leave me. I know that I’m blessed in many ways. I know that He will get me through this too. I’m just tired, my friends. So tired. So ready for the next part of God’s plan. Like the earth, I’m groaning inwardly awaiting the return of my Savior. I’ll not cling to this world. I’ll cling to Him with every ounce of my strength. Amen!

What to do now about pain? I think there’s nothing to do but a daily surrender. We need to place every care and concern and hurt and disappointment and pain into the capable and powerful and loving hands of the Father, and leave them there. For me, I have to do this every day because, as He is my witness, it seems we have a new trial every single day as of late. Every day I wake up, give my trouble to the Lord, receive new burdens, and have to hand them over too. It feels like I’m a hamster on a wheel sometimes. Feels like it will never end. Yet I know it will. He is coming back friends! He is coming soon! Of that I have no doubt.

In the beginning of this blog I mentioned that some suffer more than others. That’s truth. There are some that have it way worse than we do and some who suffer far less. There are times and seasons where the trials are more abundant, and there are times of refreshing quiet. The truth is, it doesn’t matter. We can focus on who has it easier than we do, but what good comes of that? Is there a reason we suffer while others don’t? Sure. I’m sure God’s got a reason. He is sovereign. He could take our troubles away, but for some reason He is allowing them. Maybe it’s for our good. Maybe it’s for someone else. Perhaps it’s to give us a witness or to test our resolve. Whatever the reason, we have to hold fast to the promise that these present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to come. We have to believe it! We have to cling to it!

I have many troubles. I have many cares. I don’t know why God is allowing it, but I will choose day by day to trust Him. It’s all I can do. I will hold onto the hope. I will hold fast to His promises. I will not be moved. When my heart fails, God is greater than my heart. When my emotions deceive, the Word of Truth will bring me back to reality. When the enemy attacks, I take up the armor of God and fight. I’ll fight to the death, because I know that God has already won the battle. I know where I’m going. I know that there is glory to come.

If you are suffering right now, you’re not alone. There are many Christians who are suffering. Sometimes we’re afraid to admit it because we think people will look down on us. We aren’t perfect? Honestly? We know there is pain, so why put on a fake smile and pretend? I pray that you would be able to share your suffering with brothers and sisters in the Lord. Be real and be honest with someone you trust. Ask for help and prayer. I pray that you would find hope and encouragement in the Word. Believe those promises and grasp them firmly with both hands. You can make it through. With Jesus, you will. He will carry you through this and someday it’ll all be worth it. It’ll be worth every tear.

If you aren’t a Christian, this suffering will only lead to a worse ending. Eternal suffering is what awaits the man or woman who dies without being reconciled to Christ. There is hope in Jesus. He knows you, loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. Cry out to Jesus. Repent of your sins. Ask Him to change your heart.

As for the McCafferty family, we pray that the days ahead get easier and we ask the Lord to deliver us from these present troubles, if it is His will. Still, if the troubles keep going, we will stand firm. Our faith won’t die. We will praise the Lord through our tears and heartache. We will trust Him and continue to hand over our troubles. We will find hope in the Author of hope and find rest in the easy yoke of Jesus. I pray the same for you dear saint.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Thanks for letting me share my heart. God bless you!

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One response to “The Pain of this Life

  1. valeribarnes says:

    Beautiful words, Chelsea. Yes, we do have suffering and pain and sometimes it feels like we’re alone in it, but we’re not. He sees and bottles every tear. Why He’s allowing this, I don’t know, but I know that His love is the foundation of it and His intentions are pure and perfect and loving. You are blessed in so many ways. We may look at the outsides of others and think, wow, they’re so blessed and we’re so not, but in reality, they look at us and think the same thing. I hate it when people say, oh, but there are so many that have it worse than you. Yeah? That sure helps, thanks. It’s the truth, of course, and not a bad thing to say, but it doesn’t help you at this moment. I’m here for you. Love you so much. Praying hard. Trusting this fabulous Jesus that we serve. His love for you is obvious, His suffering was great, He endured it, though, of His own free will, because He saw your face.

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