C.S. Lewis famously stated that “pain is God’s megaphone.” Lewis couldn’t be more right. It is in our moments of distress that we cry out to God, seek God, need God. He uses suffering to rip our eyes and hands off the things of this world and fix them on the the only thing that lasts for eternity: Himself! He uses pain and suffering to give us the only thing we need. Wow! I should be thankful for suffering! It is, in fact, God’s mercy that He allows me to suffer, if suffering draws me to Him, since knowing Him means Eternal Life. No wonder then, why James 1:2 says, “Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds...”, and why the Apostle Paul says that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” If suffering and pain is the means that God uses to make me cling to Him in wholehearted trust and faith, thus securing my eternal home in Heaven, then bring on the suffering! I'll gladly take a few years of pain to inherit an eternity of glory! Let me rejoice in my sufferings for they lead to my salvation!
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. - 1 Peter 4:13