What do I do with all the pain?

by: Carole Lynne Haines

17 If the Lord had not been my help,
My soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18 If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your faithfulness, Lord, will support me.
19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your comfort delights my soul.
(Psalm 94:17-19)

Processing pain from our pasts can be a daunting task. I could never do this without holding God’s hand and letting Him guide me through this. Life is hard for so many of us and things have happened that have left deep gashes on our hearts. Truly we can declare,

17 If the Lord had not been my help,
My soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.

I have been dealing with a lot of pain from the past and it has brought to the surface emotions that are so raw and fierce; anger, resentment, unforgiveness, self-hatred, regret, fear, etc. I am having trouble feeling like it is okay to have these reactions. But forgiveness doesn’t come automatically. It is deep, hard work. If it is going to be real forgiveness and not just acquiesce to a shallower form of it. The emotions brimming over in us need to be dealt with, But how? The above Scripture gives us the Remedy.

18 If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your faithfulness, Lord, will support me.
19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your comfort delights my soul.
(Psalm 94:18-19)


Some of my anger seems to be directed toward God. I can’t be angry with God, can I? Not if I love and trust Him, right? When we are in deep emotional pain, there can be a confusing, tangled, emotional mess. But God is faithful. He is good. He is the only one who can help us untangle our knots, heal our emotions and lead us out into true victory and peace. These emotions are raw and ugly and can feel like betrayals toward God, but He leads us through it and out of it. I read a quote recently that helped me in this area.

“Rest assured I (God) am able to deal with what you cannot. But I cannot take control of what you refuse to let go of… I need you to choose surrender, to give Me the burdens you carry so that I can deal with them in my perfect way.” (Cherie Hill, He Whispers Your Name, pg. 24 E-book version)

God can handle our raw honesty. Just read through the Book of Job, or The Psalms. You will find plenty of Raw honesty there. Trust Him, Dear Believer, only He can carry the pain away! As a matter of fact, Isaiah prophesies this very thing about the Messiah, God’s suffering servant.

However, it was our sicknesses that He Himself bore,
And our pains that He carried. (Isaiah 53:4b)

This is not going to be an easy road for me to navigate. I have suppressed it for so long, trying to pretend it isn’t real. But by God’s grace, I am learning to give it all to Messiah Jesus. I pray you will too, Dear Believer. When your heart cries out, “What do I do with all the pain?” The Holy Spirit answers, “Give it all to Jesus.”

Published by eloracseniah@gmail.com

Author and Creator of the HisShadowings.com series and books. You can find these at https://hisshadowings.com/ Be Blessed and encouraged in the Lord Jesus

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