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God of Pain?               Submitted by:   Merilee Ottoson

That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other;
I form the light and create darkness...”  Isaiah 45: 6-7

He truly IS God of all.    

OR have you thought otherwise? For instance, when you are having a “less than good” day? Perhaps situations and circumstances cause you pain ---either emotionally or physically? Are those the times when we question God?

God is NOT the author of sin. So He cannot cause sinful things to happen to you. That’s it. Period. When we ask why bad things happen to good people, we tend to think that “somehow” God HAS to be responsible for it. If we want to assign “blame”, let’s go back to the Garden.

 Quoting from the book, Healing the Wounds of Trauma, the authors teach that:

1. God uses suffering to purify our faith 

2. God turns evil into good and

3.  through our suffering, we can learn to comfort others

He wants to be YOUR God in the midst of YOUR pain. Your hurt, your disappointments, your sorrow, your trauma can all be laid at His feet. You are NOT meant to bear this alone. Your heart is not big enough and your shoulders are not strong enough......but He is.

 Be honest with God. Nothing you can say will surprise Him. He knows you better than you know yourself. If you are waiting for your “offender” to ask for  your forgiveness, you may be waiting a long time. Take care of the things that you can take care of not depend on events that may never happen.

A lifetime is too long to bear these burdens alone.

 "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Is. 41:10