There is Divine Purpose in the Pain
God uses the suffering and pain that we encounter here on this side of Heaven to equip us to extend His kingdom on the earth. As we yield our lives to Jesus in the fiery furnace of our afflictions, He transforms the pain and brokenness we experience into life for the world around us.
Jesus is Able to Help
The Bible reveals that Jesus was actually made perfect through suffering.
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.” (Hebrews 2:10)
Incredible! Jesus was made perfect by God through the cross. He was perfected and accomplished the mission that He came to earth for, through the suffering he endured. And beyond the cross the Bible teaches us that the suffering he experienced as a human being in this fallen world uniquely equipped him to identify with you and I intimately. This is hard to get our minds around that the all knowing Creator of the universe didn’t already have a perfect understanding of our experience as human beings living in fallen world. Yet the scripture is clear that somehow through suffering, as we suffer, He was enabled to help us in a special, intimately, empathetic, divine way.
“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18)
He was made “able” to help! Given the capacity to help you and I through his common human experience of suffering. This word “able” refers to power and was was originally a military word, which was used when responding to a critical, urgent need. This is awesome revelation. Jesus was given power, he was equipped with the capacity to bring immediate help in our time of need through His suffering. WOW! His ministry toward you and I, His divine help and comfort are a byproduct of His suffering. Not only his finished work on the cross but the suffering he experienced here as a human being.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
We are Able to Help
Jesus was made perfect through suffering and through suffering he became intimately acquainted with our weaknesses. Through his suffering he now is able to help us in any every circumstance. Here we see a profound principle at work in the life of Jesus and the life of the believer. Out of death comes life and out of suffering comes the divine ability to bring comfort to the world around us.
As Jesus was made perfect through suffering so to we are perfected through suffering… and made ABLE to HELP!!! As we walk with Jesus through our trials and suffering we are given power to respond and rescue others in need. Here we see yet another incredible purpose in the pain and suffering in the life of the believer. Through suffering we are made able to help!!! One of God’s primary purposes in suffering is to equip us to reach a lost and dying world with comfort and help that flow from the throne of Grace.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
Divine Comfort Originates in the Heart of God the Father
Here the apostle Paul is rejoicing, with a heart full of gratitude. He pours out the joy that wells up from within because of the great comfort the aid and encouragement that He has received from the God. In Paul’s suffering he has come to know God to be the father of compassion and God of all comfort. Out of the furnace of affliction comes this revelation – all mercy and compassion and divine comfort originate in and from the heart of God the Father. He is eh Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort.
Commentator Matthew Henry describes comfort in these terms. “The Lord is able to give peace to the troubled conscience, and to calm the raging passions of the soul… All comforts come from God, and our sweetest comforts are in him. He speaks peace to souls by granting the free remission of sins; and he comforts them by the enlivening influences of the Holy Spirit, and by the rich mercies of his grace. He is able to bind up the broken-hearted, to heal the most painful wounds, and also to give hope and joy under the heaviest sorrows… If we should be brought so low as to despair even of life, yet we may then trust God, who can bring back even from death”
It is a divine comfort. Interestingly the Greek word used here for comfort also carries with it the idea of deliverance. Here we see the promise of deliverance IN the pain and brokenness that we experienced here on earth. The Divine Comfort we receive through the fellowship of the Spirit in our trials is our deliverance and becomes divine comfort to those around us.
“And because I depend on His Grace moment by moment each day … I experience the sweetest most precious most intimate union with Jesus Christ…” (Joni Eareckson Tada)
The comfort / deliverance that she has received as a paraplegic and survivor of cancer is now reaching out form her into our broken world. The lessons learned and the grace given are now a river of life for those who face similar trials. God called Joni into a personal encounter, to equip her, to extend the kingdom and exalt His name and the place of equipping is IN her trouble. The furnace of affliction continues to be place of fellowship and a receptacle for divine comfort that is turned into a platform for Jesus to reach the world with this message.
Jesus was made perfect through suffering and through his suffering as a human being he became able to help. He was equipped to come to our aid in every and any circumstance. As we yield ourselves to God in our trials and suffering God pours out His supernatural comfort into our lives and equips us and enables us to Help to bring the divine comfort that we received in to the lives of those around us…
There is a divine purpose in the pain and suffering that you are are going through today. You are being conformed into the image and likeness of Jesus. God is carrying out His sovereign will in and through your times of suffering and he is empowering you and making you able to help. Able to bring divine comfort into the lives of those around you. Out of your brokenness God is bringing life to those around you.