Through the Eyes of a Lion: Perspective on Pain
Our new Wednesday night series, "Through the Eyes of a Lion," is all about shaping your perspective on pain.
It is encouragement for you to not look at life through your eyes, but look at life through the eyes of God; through the eyes of a Lion.
This metaphor comes from a true fact of how lions see. Their eyesight, while no better than humans during the day is far superior at night. Lions are said to be able to see eight times better than humans in the dark. This is the way God would like to allow you to see. His heart is that in the dark days, you see hope. He wants you to experience the light of Jesus in the darkness.
2 Corinthians 4:18 - So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
With God we can see our lives through a larger perspective. With God we can see our pain in the context of what he is up to in the bigger picture of our life and the lives of those around us.
The Problem with Pain
Pain is tough. No one can tell you when, how, or where you will experience pain. Some pain is short-term and some pain is long-term. There is often no way around it. You just have to go through it. But the amazing truth that we get to hold onto is God promises to go with us though through whatever comes.
Isaiah 43:2 - When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Let faith give you vision to see into the dark.When you look at pain you see that it’s not without purpose. As bad as it is, God will work it out for his purposes. And when you look at your problems you remember that God has a plan.
When thinking about what pain to share from my own life, I struggle with getting into a “pain comparison.” That if I share my pain, I wonder if it really compares to some of the pain you have felt or experienced. So, this is not about comparing pain, it’s about bringing God glory through the testimony of his faithfulness in the midst of my pain.
I’ve seen God be faithful as I’ve leaned on him in the midst of standing by a loved one struggling with depression and addiction to alcohol. I didn’t see it coming. I also didn’t realize how addiction could change a person, or the pain and loss it brought to my heart. As well, the emotional toll it brought to my family.
God taught me about letting go of holding onto what I thought they needed to be like, and surrendering my control of the situation. I had to allow God to do the healing work in my heart and trust that he was sovereign.
I never thought I would be in a place to say it, but I believe God is good. God gives new vision where you can’t see. He can transform situations, but he also transforms our hearts. During confusion, suffering, and doubt, he transforms our hearts to desire him first.
Take some time to bring your pain to Jesus:
- Jesus, I bring ____ to you. It’s an area of pain in my life.
- Take a moment to express to God why this area is painful to you.
- Ask Jesus how he sees your pain and/or situation.
- Let him give you a new vision.
- Pray, "Jesus, give me faith to believe you can work in and through my pain. Jesus, I want to believe that you are in control, good and know what I need. Please increase my faith."
"I WILL BE WITH YOU" - Isaiah 43