C. S. Lewis said, “Pain is God’s megaphone.” Pain certainly has the potential to drive us deeper into Him. Paul mentioned this to his friends in Corinth when he said, “We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.” (2 Corinthians 1:7 NLT) And that was right after He called God “the God of all comfort.”
I don’t know why we suffer. I can’t explain the existence of evil or why bad things happen to good people. I have plenty of questions I would love to ask God. What I can say is that we serve a God who loves us enough to hurt right alongside us. This is nowhere more prominently clear than in the cross where Jesus not only paid for our sins with His life, but also joined suffering humanity.
He not only hurts with us, He also provides the refuge and resting place for those who suffer. If you’re in pain today, go deeper into Him. Go deeper in your walk with Him, deeper into your knowledge of His truth through the Bible, and deeper in your understanding of how His grace has made salvation and full, eternal deliverance from suffering a reality. Go deeper into the God of all comfort today.