Looking at examples in the Bible, I think God is trying to say that it’s okay to go through pain – only He wants to walk through it with us.
Samson is a fine example. Even though he had failed, God did not leave him.
Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” He strained with all his might; and the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So those he killed at his death were more than those he had killed during his life. – Judges 16:30 NRSV
For Paul pain was a way of life and he prophesied the same to us. Only way through it and its the staple of my walk with Jesus is to place my hope in God, counting on His grace as my foundation and my fountain of joy.
Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[d]that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.[e] I know that after I have gone, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Some even from your own group will come distorting the truth in order to entice the disciples to follow them. – Acts 20:28-30
That is why I struggle with this promise that I still quote from time to time —
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes – Jeremiah 29:11-14
I struggle with it not because it is not true, but because if it is taken out of context it misses the fact that there was 70 years of pain before this promise was realized.
So Jesus’s life has to be the accumulation of all my thoughts. The cross and Skull Hill represented death, mockery and pain but for me I found there a place of redemption, forgiveness and hope because of Jesus. What begins in horror and inhumanity, ends in victory and grace.
Then they brought Jesus[d] to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him – Mark 15:22-24
Lord, thank you for your promises, they are true, every last one of them. While I journey with You and we might be joined by hurt, may I take comfort that You and others that You have called have already gone before me.