“Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” -Psalms 30:5b

You have been battling against an unwavering enemy that has taken over every part of your life. Day in and day out, you face this foe, feeling weaker with every skirmish. As your strength wains, a question finds its way into your mind.

Is there a purpose to all of this?

I think we can all agree we have had this question come up in our daily war against chronic pain. It is only natural to search for the reason for the pain we endure. Some look at it as a lesson life is wanting you to learn, others see it as a means God uses to mold you and guide you to the path He has in store for you.

I am one of the latter people.

All through the Bible, there are many occasions that God allows His children to go through trials, even pain, to bring them to the point He desires them to be. If Joseph had not been sold to slave traders by his brothers and taken to Egypt only to be thrown in prison later on, he would not have been able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams and become second-in-command over all of Egypt. In fact, none of us would have the opportunity to be a child of God if our Heavenly Father had not allowed His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and pay the ultimate price for all our sins.

No matter what your beliefs may be, there is always purpose to the pain, whether it is to make you stronger or teach you an important life lesson. No one wants to be in pain, but finding the reason for it can make this challenging chapter of your life a little easier to handle.

Gary Zukav once said,

“Pain by itself is merely pain,
but the experience of pain couples with an understanding
that the pain serves a worthy purpose as suffering.
Suffering can be endured because
there is a reason for it that is worth the effort.
What is more worthy of your pain than the evolution of your soul?”