Surprising Reasons why PAINFUL THINGS happen to GOOD PEOPLE

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Family's PainXSmallPAINFUL things happen to GOOD people.

Is God good? All the time. Yet, even our GOOD God experiences pain — your pain, my pain. Look at Isaiah 63:8: “For He said, ‘Surely they are My people…’ So He became their Savior. In all their affliction He was afflicted.…”

In Matthew 9:36 the Messiah felt the pain of those He came to save: “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” The Greek verb for “moved with compassion” (splanchnizomai) means a deep emotion that can be felt physically in the pit of the stomach.

Why does the good Lord share in our pain? To comfort us and lead us to Himself.

Just as the Lord feels our pain for a greater, redeeming purpose, we too may experience others’ pain for the same purpose. Paul writes: Praise be to …the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6 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.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-6)

Here we discover three reasons why PAINFUL things happen to GOOD people — to produce comfort, salvation, and patient endurance. 

Charles Spurgeon says: “If I were an orphan now, and needed a helper, I would seek one who had been an orphan in his youth, that he might sympathize with me. Were I houseless and poor, I would not go to the man who has rolled in wealth from earliest youth, but I would seek out the man who, like myself, has trodden with bare feet the cold pavement of the street at midnight; I would seek out the man who, penniless and poor, has begged his way from town to town, and then, by God’s providence, has worked himself up; for I could believe that such a one would have a heart to sympathize with me.”

Have you ever experienced ‘sympathy pains?’ When I had a heart attack several years ago, my wife Ann had chest pains. We often feel the hurt of those we love — emotionally, and sometimes physically.

When I was in the cardiology ward two special people visited me. Both testified that they had successfully recovered from serious heart issues. Because they had ‘walked in my shoes,’ they prayed passionately and intelligently. These two visitors didn’t waste their pain. Their suffering and eventual healing inspired me to rise up in faith and declare: “If God fixed their heart, he can fix mine too.”

Because I had almost no risk factors connected with heart disease my cardiologist said: “I’ve come to the conclusion that your heart attack was an accident.” Well, I’ve come to another conclusion: God allowed it to happen for a greater purpose.


Have you ever gone through a painful time that turned out for good? — not just your good, but others who were going through something similar. Tell us about it. 

  1. Barb says:

    Thank you Wayne for this blog . It is so encouraging and I am going through congestive heart failure , atrial fibulation and also blood clots in my leg . This all came very suddenly and I have been a very active person , on no medications and trying to do all the right things . Yes all this is for a purpose and I am recovering exceptionall well , thanks be to Jesus , and the many prayers that have gone up for me . . I can see good already in my experience as my many church friends rallied around me , offered their help and their untiring phone calls . I am truly blessed . To God be the glory .

  2. Thank you so much for posting. It has been
    a very challenging 7years. I am encouraged
    and thank our Lord for a dear Brother like
    You who blesses the Lord’s People in so many ways. Many Blessings Anna

  3. Jo says:

    God has walked with me through serious and prolonged trauma through my earliest years and into adulthood. He has loved and comforted me in the season of recovery I am walking through now. He is so faithful and compassionate beyond measure or description. I still struggle to get my head around how deep His love for me is and He surprises me every time He reveals how much more He can show me His love and His peace and His faithfulness and His compassion for me. In all that I have experienced, even in the darkest places and the pits of deepest despair and pain, He was with me and I do not wish I hadn’t suffered all that I have, because through that suffering He has taught me who He is. He has shown me His love and proven how true He is. In the trauma and the pain and the suffering, He never once left me and without Him and His gentle, unfailing love, strength, compassion and the hope in Him that He gave to me, I honestly believe I wouldn’t be alive today. Not only that, my greatest treasure hidden deep inside my heart is Him because there truly is no one like Him and He has done everything for me.

    I don’t know if it sounds strange to say this, but I’m grateful for Him allowing me to suffer the things that I have, because through that suffering, He has given me something so precious – His comfort, compassion, endurance, strength, hope and absolute assurance that He is faithful and true. If my life bears witness to that, and it does, what an awesome privilege!

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