20 Jan

Our daughter Isabella has a sore in her mouth that bothers her whenever she eats certain foods.  We told her that in order to help heal the wound she could brush her teeth with the baking powder and salt tooth paste that we use.  The salt would help to heal the wound.  She replied that it would really hurt, to which we answered that sometimes to cleanse and heal we have to experience pain.

The other day while driving to work, I was listening to another Gaither Vocal Band CD.  The song “Through” came up and I immersed myself in the lyrics.  The lyrics in the middle section of the song really stood out to me:

Without fire there’s no refining, without pain no relief

Without flood there’s no rescue, without testing no belief

(Note:  The full lyrics and be found here.)

How often do I want to avoid pain?  Yet, the very thing that hurts is designed to improve us, if we allow it to.  For example, if you want to build muscle tone, you must provide resistance against those muscles, which produces physical pain.  If you want to overcome your temper, sometimes when you are most angry you have to call on the Holy Spirit for patience, peace and self-control; the battle to overcome our flesh thus producing pain in our heart (it is easier in the short-term just to give in to our flesh).  While I would not wish to go through this trial by my own choosing, this journey through grief is meant to produce in us fruits of godliness, if we allow Him to work in and mold us.  But, we must go through the pain and not avoid it.  If we try to run away from it, the pain will instead produce bad fruit (for example bitterness).

The following Scripture verses come to mind related to experiencing pain, suffering and trials:

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:8-10, emphasis mine)

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. (Pro 17:3)

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (1Pe 1:7)

And he [Jesus] was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luk 22:41-44, [clarification mine], emphasis mine)

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (Heb 5:8)

Do you have any special verses that have encouraged you as you went or are going through pain, suffering or trials?  Please share them below so that we can encourage each other.




Posted by on January 20, 2012 in Grief, Spiritual and Emotional


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7 responses to “Through

  1. Cheryl

    January 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Thank you again for a great post.

    A couple of the verses that have helped to carry me through…

    Psalm 46:10
    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Psalm 121
    A song of ascents.
    1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
    2 My help comes from the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    The song He Giveth More Grace by Annie Flint (lyrics below)

    (“He giveth more grace.” – James 4:6)
    (“He increaseth strength” – Isaiah 40:29)
    (“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied” – Jude 2)

    He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
    He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
    To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
    To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
    When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
    Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
    Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
    Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
    Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
    The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
    His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
    His power no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

    With Hope,

    • Ephesians 5:16

      January 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM


      Thank you for sharing these encouraging words. Keep hanging on to our Hope.

      Andy & Brenda

  2. Betty Martin

    January 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Thank you, Andy and Cheryl,

    Sometime the Christian is found walking in “darkness” without a sense of the Lord’s presence with us. I have been experiencing some of that and the verse that the Lord has continuing to give me through sermons, remarks of others, without them knowing my circumstance, is Heb. 13:5………….I will never leave you; never will I forsake you. Even when we do not sense His presence, He is there. What I must do is to trust and obey, and leave the rest to Him, knowing that His working in my life does not depend upon my feelings.

    Love and prayers,

    • Ephesians 5:16

      January 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM


      Thank you for sharing about your recent experience. We can relate to not feeling the Lord’s presence. We rejoice when He sends someone with the right Word at the right time, as it appears He is doing for you. Sometimes it is difficult to trust in Him when our feelings tell us otherwise.

      Andy & Brenda

  3. Martha Goudey

    January 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Nice post…so true about having to sometimes experience pain to have healing. But I would like to make one suggestion since I’ve had experience with mouth sores lately — slippery elm lozenges are soothing after the pain of the salt and soda — and are also healing. There must be some sort of cool analogy here, but can’t think of it…just wanted to bring her some comfort.

    • Ephesians 5:16

      January 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM


      Thanks for the suggestion about the slippery elm lozenges. Perhaps we can make it analogous to God putting his arms of comfort around us after we’ve been hurt :-).


  4. Donald Henderson Jr

    January 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    I certainly hope she’s feeling better!


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