Aaron Pennington – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
It is amazing how millions of people can identify with four words, these four words to be exact, “people hurt, God heals.” Very quickly you will uncover that this phrase is a double entendre, it can be taken two different ways. Some of you clicked on this blog today because you are physically hurting and you are hoping and praying that God brings healing in your direction. I have been dealing with chronic pain for a few years myself, and I have two little words that I say often to explain it…”pain sucks.” Can I get an amen? You probably spend countless hours each and every day thinking about your pain, because it is impossible not to. You wonder, will it ever be taken away, can the doctors do anything? You probably struggle with how much pain medication is too much, and feel anxious about getting addicted to the meds that you are currently taking. You might have even been told by some well meaning Christians that. “if you would just have more faith, you can be healed.” If that has happened to you, I am sorry. If any of this describes you hold on, I’ll come back to you.
Another group of people clicked on this blog today because when they read, “People Hurt, God Heals,” they thought of the hurt that other people have caused them in their life. This form of pain typically goes deeper, it is the type of pain that leaves scars on you heart. This pain often comes from those we have loved and trusted the most in this life. If you feel this type of hurt today it is likely to be accompanied with things like betrayal, abandonment, abuse, neglect, lies, and loss. This type of hurt makes you start to second guess those you can really trust, leaving you to become a skeptic on the true motives of others. But, the most damaging part of this type of pain is how it can become an obstacle to love. If this is you, keep reading, because there is something God wants you to hear today.
Whether He heals us in this life or in the life to come, GOD DOES HEAL! For those of you who are struggling with chronic pain, I understand how frustrating it can be to pray constantly, but the pain remains. Once again, I cannot tell you why or when God chooses to heal, I just know He does. Here is what I have learned about pain. Pain can either make us extremely self consumed, or it can lead us to become some of those most empathetic people on earth. People need empathy, people also need Jesus, and Jesus just happens to be the most empathetic person I have ever met. What if we allowed Romans 8:28 to come to life in the midst of our pain, and allow our empathy to lead others to Christ. In other words, what if we turned our pain into purpose. If my pain can lead people to Jesus, I’m in.
For those of you with deeper wounds, the kind that are left on our hearts, the message is still the same. Will God heal your wound, YES, whether in this life or the life to come. Take hope in that! Until then, pray about how your personal misery can become your personal ministry. One of the coolest things I get to see as a pastor is how people who were once empty, are now full of empathy. They took their wounds and turned it into purpose. Through this process, many would say they are finding healing.
Now, I know for some of you the pain is too fresh, too new, to think about how you could use it to help others. I understand, but please begin praying in that direction, because it might be the best step you could make in the direction of healing. Now, please pay attention to this next statement. DO NOT ISOLATE YOURSELF! Read that again! And again! One more time! The enemy wants you to isolate yourself, it is like a playground to Him, so don’t do it. Let me leave you with a few verses that I believe will encourage you along the road of pain and hurt, as we all wait for God’s healing. If you would like to talk to me more about a relationship with Jesus, here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revelation 21:44 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Matthew 11:28 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Romans 8:1818 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”