After the hurt and pain, God will never send us empty-handed!

I thank God so much that He has allowed us and enabled us to meet here throughout the year and has been so much faithful that He has walked us through our hurt, our pain and brought us through the process of healing and I believe He will certainly accomplish that which He intends with our lives in our pain if we choose to trust Him.

It is true that some circumstances like loss of our loved ones will never be reversible and sometimes all we find ourselves saying is that “This wasn't supposed to happen" I found myself wondering why God had to trust me with so much pain. But God has constantly reminded me though this storm will never go away, He will certainly give me wings to fly over this dreadful storm and hooks to hang my emotions. That, although I will never understand why the pain, God shall truly be with me through it if I put my trust in Him.  Being concise of this I have realized then that it isn't so important for me to understand why the pain, but it is essential that I trust the One who, in love, has allowed the hurt and the pain to happen.

Let me encourage you our dear reader, when you walk with God in obedience—no matter what you may be facing—know that the Lord will deliver you. He will give you favor and deliver you by the anointing—through signs and wonders. He shall surely not let you go empty-handed; even when you experience any amount of pain or hurt. He shall surely give you divine favour in your life if you purpose not to put Him to shame by running away from His presence when you are hurting. And believe me there is nothing you can compare with God’s Divine Favor!

I have chosen to trust God in my pain rather than question Him. And I can honestly tell you that, God has worked that entire situation for good in my life by working a deeper trust in me and showing why He as trusted me with so much pain. I have made a choice to believe that God is able to work through my pain and bring some purpose out of it.

Our lives often don't go as planned, but don't think for a minute that anything that has happened in your life took God by surprise. After experiencing pain in my own life I can assure you God has a reason and He knows what He's doing in allowing whatever breaks your heart, slows you down, or gives you grief. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Sometimes we cannot run from our cup of pain. Remember the story of Peter?  Yes. Peter tried to drive away affliction in his flesh. He wielded a sword at Gethsemane, telling Jesus in effect, “Master, you don’t have to go through this. I’ll keep them at bay while you make your escape.” Many Christians today have the same attitude. They take sword in hand to try to turn away afflictions, saying, “I don’t have to face this. My God is a good God!” I believe God is faithful. But Jesus tells us we cannot run from our cup of pain. He commanded Peter, “Put up your sword. That is not My Father’s way. Live by your sword and you will die by it.” Then he stated, the cup which My Father has given me, shall I not drink it? – John 18:11

When you trust the One who is serving you this cup – when you see His purpose behind your suffering – then you are able to drink it. It may burn, sear, and scar you, but don’t be afraid, for your Father holds the cup. You are not drinking condemnations but His purpose and will.

The greatest joy is the fact that God will never send us empty -handed after enduring our pain and hurts with Him involved in it and in our healing.

Exodus 3:21"I will grant this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be that when you go, you will not go empty-handed.”

This is the promise that God made to the Israelites after undergoing slavery for over 200 years in Egypt.  It was painful and hurting remembering that they knew that they were the chosen ones of God. God had great plans for His people, Israel. He had made promises to them, through their fathers, and God always keeps His promises. His plan for them did not include slavery in Egypt, but for them to live as free people in the land He had promised to them. God had to keep His promise for God does not keep His promises because of us, but because of Him. He is a promise keeper and He will never defame His great holy name.

Just like the Israelites’ God has great plans for our lives. He does not play favorites—God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). We can have the same favor on our lives as Moses and the children of Israel, if we will submit our lives and heart to the Lord, unreservedly in our hurt and pain. Don't miss out on all the blessings of God's favor and anointing that could be on your life, because you won't obey God when He speaks because you are hurting.  Because of God's favor on Israel, He moved to deliver them through His signs and wonders (His anointing and power). This favor will make many times impossible situations possible and give us great favor. This favor does not come without a price—the price is absolute obedience! Get in line with God's will for your life today—obey the Lord, and let the Lord deliver you and grant you His divine grace and favor and though your circumstances may never change God will surely give you divine joy, hope and peace.

While it’s hard to obey when it’s hurting, it is good to try this practical steps that God has taken me (including my family) towards His divine favor of healing in His way.

Trusting God in in the process of healing

Even if you can't see anything good coming out of your pain, trust the process God is allowing you to go through which will prepare you for something greater later.  He really does, in all things, work "for the good of those who love him...." (Romans 8:28).  And the very next verse tells us how God works all things together for our good: "For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son..." (Romans 8:29, emphasis added). So if you're going through pain and you don't understand it, trust that He is working on your character to make you more like Christ. That is reason enough, when we think of what Christ endured for us so that we could someday be with Him.

So start trusting today that the One who loves you  won't let anything touch your life that hasn't first gone through His loving hands, has a reason for what He's allowing. He wants you to be more like Him. He shall take away your pain and hurt, your shame, your loneliness, your rejections, your guilt, your fears, your worries, the insults the mockers, and make your life beautiful.

Accepting the pain and Telling God You're Ready to Grow

Hurtful times are opportunities to grow closer to God. Tell Him you're ready to see what He wants you to see and to know Him in the way that He desires. By doing this you are placing yourself in the position where He can teach you what He wants you to learn. Jeremiah 29:13 says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." To say "God, I'm ready to grow" is another way of seeking Him and His refining work in your life.

Accepting His Will

Acceptance of things we can’t change is another form of letting go in faith. No one asks for infirmities (whether it’s physical or emotional) to be put on them, but once there, the one thing standing in the way of true peace is our own fight against accepting God’s will.

God’s plan for us isn’t always the same as our own plans. That doesn’t mean your hopes or your desires are wrong; it simply means God may have something else in mind for you. It could be if this thing that hurt you hadn’t happened, then whatever good is meant to follow wouldn’t either. The bad in our lives is very often what prepares us for the good. When we learn to accept God’s will as it stands, it can help to relieve so much of our pain and give a gentle peace that can only come from trusting God in all things with acceptance in our hearts. It might hurt sometimes, it might even hurt a lot, but, as the Apostle Paul had learned, God’s grace truly is sufficient. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Thanking God in the midst of our pain

Scripture says "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18, emphasis added). To be able to say "Thank you, God, even though I don't understand this" is not only an act of obedience in which you live out God's will for your life, but it is an act of faith. (And Hebrews 11:6 says "without faith it is impossible to please Him...).

Walking On

Trials, sorrows, everyday burdens are carried by people in all walks of life. You will never meet even one person who hasn’t faced a valley or isn’t currently walking through one now. And that is the key: Walking on through it with The Lord by your side.

We have so much happiness around us, and we will have it again, but there are still those moments that linger on no matter what we do. There is a saying some people use “Smile until it’s real, laugh until you feel it, walk on until you heal.”

Comforting thought for the year

We could be ending the year and all that we prayed for, that which we trusted will happen or will not happen to us and that which we hoped for; did not happen! But it’s not jet done. You’re not forgotten. Whatever your circumstance, God knows. If you are one of His own, He is right there with you, guiding you through the storms and leading you away from the rest. Trust Him always, believe in His will, and walk on with that same faith. "But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." (1 Peter 5:10)

Our prayer for the year.

Almighty God and our heavenly Father we thank you, in Jesus Name, for carrying us through our current circumstances and for granting us supernatural, divine favors. Thank You Lord because You will never send us empty handed if we choose You. We commit to obey You in all things and in all our circumstances and we expect to receive Your blessings and Your divine favours on our lives. Amen