BUTTER AND BELLIES; PAIN AND PROMISES
- From Charlene CaresBUTTER AND BELLIES; PAIN AND PROMISES -
"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly
great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a
messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the
Lord to take it away from me." 2 Corinthians 12:7-8
My New Testament professor in Bible college, Dr. Allen, had a favorite
saying that has stuck with me through the years; "If I went to the
hospital with acute appendicitis, I would want someone to take a knife
to me, not to rub butter on my belly."
Some of the people who contact Rejoice Marriage Ministries say, in one
way or another, "Pray this pain goes away." We fully understand what
they are expressing, but God has called us to do more than rub butter
on hurts. He has called us to show people how to deal with their
problems, by allowing the Holy Spirit, not us, to do the cutting away
of anything in your life that does not need to be there, to see your
Lets make an imaginary trip to the hospital with Dr. Allen. He is
diagnosed with appendicitis. Next he is given pain medication and the
pain ceases, and he is sent home. The absence of pain does not mean
that healing has taken place. Very shortly, Dr. Allen will be back,
but with more serious problems than before. If he had been operated
on, and the diseased appendix removed, real healing could have
Please dont ask people to pray that your pain goes away. Jesus will
give you the comfort that is needed, but then He wants to do His work
in your life. Then, as you are healing, the Holy Spirit, in response
to your prayers, can start that cutting away process in your mates
What does the Bible say about pain and suffering?
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are
suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But
rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that
you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed." I Peter 4: 12-13
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on,
however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those
who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11
"I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me."
"Then I would still have this consolation--my joy in unrelenting
pain--that I had not denied the words of the Holy One." Job 6:10
"For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust
suffering because he is conscious of God." I Peter 2:19
Can you grasp it? Your Lord God wants to be more than a spiritual
aspirin to take away all the pain. Yes, He certainly will bring you
comfort while He corrects the problems, as you allow Him to do so.
Now lets look at what the Bible says about promises during pain:
"Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let
my hopes be dashed." Psalm 119:116
"Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God,
but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully
persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised."
"This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great
calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I
have promised them." Jeremiah 32:42
Yes, there is much pain encountered in marriage problems for everyone
involved. We cant take away that pain, but we can introduce you to
our Jesus, who is the Healer of lives and of marriages.
Do you recall Pauls thorn in the flesh from the verse where we
started? Lets read on to the next two verses:
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is
made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more
gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christs sake, I delight in weaknesses, in
insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I
am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Do not be satisfied with someone rubbing butter on the belly of your
hurts. Be open to the Great Physicians plans for your healing. He
alone is your answer.What is God's design for marriage? I believe that God hates divorce and we as women should do all we can toward standing for our marriage. This is a group that through prayer and support from each other we will grow together as God would have us to do.
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