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627th -- Thank God For Pain


The Lord knows exactly what we need and when we need it and it is for this
reason that we are to trust Him with our life and rest in the knowledge 
that God is with us and He will meet all of our needs. It is easy to get
discouraged or disheartened when trials come our way that seem too 
difficult to overcome, but if we remember God's promises found throughout
His Word, our confidence will be restored and reassured that we will never
be forgotten or forsaken. Be encouraged to take every challenge that comes
your way as a chance to show God your confidence in Him that all will be 
well. (Luke 12:28-32) (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Ephesians 3:17-21) (Ephesians 6:10-14)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to trust the Lord in every
trial or hardship that comes your way and rest in the knowledge that He
will be there to meet your every need.


Thank God for pain. I have thanked God for many, many blessings throughout
my lifetime, but never for pain. Until now.

This particular pain began in February 2000. It was sharp, constant, on my
left side, and the left side of my back. Little did I know it would be the
life I would know for over two years.

I went to doctors, who did many tests and never found the true problem. 
Then, just a few months later, that pain would be accompanied by a high 
fever, nausea, vomiting two to three times a week, and would last for 3 
months. More tests. Again, nothing was found, so one doctor decided it was
all in my head. (I have found out that some doctors like to say that to a
patient when they cannot figure out what is wrong).

Eventually, after 2 rounds of antibiotics that I had to practically beg, 
borrow and steal from this same skeptical doctor, I had no more pain, fever
or nausea. For two more months, I would remain pain, fever and nausea free.
Then it returned.

By this time, however, my husband, Dale, had developed more problems with
one of his two blood diseases, eventually having to have chemotherapy in
2001. My concentration remained focused on my husband's health; all the 
while, my sharp pain, occasional fever and nausea were ever present. 
Despite that, for the next several months, God, Dale's doctors and I would
all work together to get him successfully into remission.

Still having pain this time last year, I had made a promise to Dale once 
he was in remission, that I would finally go back to the doctor. This time,
a new doctor, who not only believed the problems I had were real, he 
immediately set me up with a local gastroenterologist. A colonoscopy was 
done, revealing Diverticulosis (the cause of the sharp pain, nausea, fever
and vomiting, as it had become infected and turned into Diverticulitis). 
Having the mystery of the few years of intense pain and all other symptoms
cleared up was a HUGE relief. However...

I had this colonoscopy for another reason...a reason that I could not have
possibly known about, nor, until the procedure was done, could the doctor
have known. For there amidst the Diverticulosis, were several polyps. The
doctor was very surprised to find so many of them in someone my age (I was
37 at the time of the exam last year). The doctor removed and biopsied one
large polyp and burned the rest. 

The biopsy revealed that the polyps were Pre-Cancerous. A follow-up 
appointment with the gastroenterologist confirmed that it was quite 
possible that in a year...approximately now...I could have indeed had full
blown colon cancer. Had I not had the pain, I would not have had the 
immediate need for a colonoscopy. Had I not had the colonoscopy when I 
did, the pre-cancer would not have been found soon enough.

God works in mysterious ways, and I truly Do thank God for pain.

By Betsy Arnold

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect; peace, whose mind is stayed 
on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for 
in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”

Philippians 2:2-3 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the 
same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better
than themselves.”

Romans 8:16-18 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we
are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and 
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be
also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed 
in us.”

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it
might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for 
thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest
upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in 
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I
am weak, then am I strong.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: WHAT YOU WILL BE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem178.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: FATHER KNOWS BEST
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony109.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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