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Pain is what accelerates desire. Similarly, pain is what intensifies a passion that is already birthed within us. It was the psalmist David who declared:
The Lord doesn’t promise the righteous will not experience afflictions, but He does promise to deliver them.
If you reflect upon the year 2020, you can easily conclude that it’s been a year of anguish, anxiety, and pain.
However, this pain isn’t totally without cause. It served a purpose to redirect our focus and attention. We have felt compelled to turn our focus back on Jesus Christ. It has been through discomfort, uncertainty, and pain, that we have been reminded of the one who holds tomorrow in His hands: Jesus Christ. We have been reminded of His divine Sovereignty and power. Even within the pain that 2020 has brought, there has been a comfort in knowing that Christ is with us and will never leave or forsake us.
There is a temptation to listen to our own voice and take credit for whatever successes may come our way in good seasons. Seasons of pain and anguish force us to be more dependent on God: we must tune out other voices and lean into His.
Pain is an ally, not a victim. But we tend to rebuke and dismiss the pain instead of embracing it. Pain is necessary for us to access the promises God has given us. Allow me to ask you this pressing question: How badly do you really want to be like Jesus?! Do you want just His benefits, or do you want to take on His nature? Because to identify with Christ, you must also identify with pain. But fear not, you will make it, and you will thrive.
There are a couple of biblical stories that prove this point.
His brothers were able to strip Joseph of his possession, but not his promise. Joseph went from being in a dry, cold, empty pit to the palace of the King. This tells us that elevation doesn’t come without isolation. The pain is great, but the promise is much greater.
Job lost everything he possessed, making his own family members and friends question his character.
The second half will be better than the first. The deficit will turn into a surplus. The test will turn into a testimony. The mess will turn into a miracle. The pain will turn into a promise.
Demetrius Minor is a minister, author, and political commentator; former radio talk show host, and television personality. He is also a member of the Project 21 advisory board of black conservative leaders across the United States. He and his wife, Riesa, serve on the leadership staff at Tampa Life Church in Tampa, FL.