Tim Tebow Reminds: ‘God Will Never Waste Your Pain When You Give It to Him’ By Tré Goins-Phillips for Faith Wire
Life’s myriad trials and tribulations aren’t wasted as long as the Lord is present in the midst of them.
That’s the reminder former NFL star Tim Tebow sent in a recent Instagram post about the pain people endure in life. The author and ESPN analyst said God will “never waste” the heartaches, disappointments, and losses people go through when they are surrendered to Him.
“God will never waste your pain when you give it to Him,” he said. “You see, guys, even in the midst of our pain, there’s still purpose. There is purpose in the pain. And there can be purpose in your pain.”
The “Mission Possible” author explained that so many of the great biblical characters of the Old and New Testaments endured significant hardships in their walks with the Lord. There are even instances in which trials created an environment for faith to flourish.
The Apostle Mark wrote about a blind beggar named Bartimaeus whose affliction was the catalyst for his pursuit of Jesus. As the Son of God was walking by him, he shouted out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (Mark 10:47). Bartimaeus was told to keep quiet, but it didn’t deter him; he was convinced Jesus was unlike the religious leaders of his day.
The blind man’s persistence paid off: Jesus stopped and asked Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” The man replied, “Rabbi, I want to see” (Mark 10:51). The beggar had no pride or pretense keeping him from beseeching the Lord in total humility, unhindered by an ego that might have constrained his honest request. It was the trial he had endured — his blindness — that fostered a meekness within him, a posture from which he truly understood the character of Jesus.