| (2) God uses our pain to guide
A bit is used in a horses mouth to turn them. God takes our (bit) of pain and uses it to turn us in different directions.
Psalms 119:71-72 (LB), says,"...It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws."
A bit in the mouth of a horse is used to get their attention. Pain coming into our life is used of God to get our attention. Someone has said, "God whispers to us in our pleasure, but he shouts to us in our pain." He is saying, "I want your attention." It doesn't always take a lot of pain to get our attention. Just as a little rudder can turn a big ship--sometimes just a little pain in our life can lead us into a new direction.
Do you remember the story of Joseph in the Bible? The first chapters of his life are one painful experience after another. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. He's ignored, rejected and sold into slavery by his brothers. He's falsely accused, thrown into prison and almost forgotten there. But if you read the end of his story, you realize that God was working in all of these painful experiences to prepare Joseph to fulfill God's plan for his life. Joseph ends up being second in command in Egypt, saving not only Egypt, but Israel also.
All along in Joseph's life, God was goading and guiding him for greatness. This greatness didn't come without pain. If Joseph had never gone to the pit, he would never have come to the palace.
(3) God uses our pain to gauge
The bible often compares pain to a refining fire. Fire is used to refine gold and silver. As the gold and silver are heated, they begin to melt and all the impurities rise to the surface where they can be scooped off. God uses the pain that comes into our life to bring out the impurities that perhaps we weren't aware was there. Isaiah 48: 10 (NIV), "I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." Pain is sometimes a test. It exposes the real us. It reveals what we are on the inside. Do you know why this is so? It's because it's impossible to maintain an image when you're in pain. James 1: 2-3, (The Message) "...tests and challenges come at you from all sides (and) you know that under pressure your faith life is forces into the open and shows its true colors." Testing reveals what we're like on the inside so we can do something about it. Deuteronomy 8:2 NLT) "Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commandments."