"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."
1 Peter 3:15
I like that this verse tells us how to handle pain and suffering... even suffering when you haven't done anything wrong. First, we need to be devoted to God within as well as without... knowing who he is and our relationship to him, and remembering that as we go throughout our days... keeping that in our hearts. And the second part is amazing as well: to always be ready to tell people why you have hope, even in the middle of affliction or suffering. To be able to do that, we have to have a little hope, and we really need to think about it. It comes back to the first step as well... if we know God, and keep that knowledge and devotion in our hearts and minds, then we know, absolutely, that he will deliver us out of our suffering or pain and make things okay. When we're in the midst of it, we can't see anything else, or a way out, sometimes... but God knows the way out, and will provide comfort and confidence, even in the worst circumstances. Today, let's brush up on our reasons for hope... and be ready. :)