As you make “peace” with your affliction, I want to share with you a few Biblical reasons God may be allowing your migraines. I use the following analytical questions as a checklist to help me understand some of the pain and suffering in my life—and to be certain that I have covered all the bases as I ask God for healing. Remember that any particular trial may have one or more purposes. I find answers by asking the following questions. You will find some answers as you investigate them, too.

  • First, am I being punished for a sin I’ve committed (Joshua 7:10-12John 5:141 Corinthians 11:31-32James 5:13-16)? If so, confess your sin God promises to remove the sickness.
  • Second, is this trial intended to keep me from future sin (2 Corinthians 2:7)? If so, stop asking for relief and, like Paul, enter into the experience of God’s grace. Christ said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient of you.”
  • Third, is this suffering designed to increase my faith and God-dependence (Matthew 8:23-27)? The faith of the Disciples soared when Jesus walked on water, and calmed the wind and the waves. Watch for God’s hand at work in your sickness. You may find your faith soaring.
  • Fourth, is this suffering designed for my personal growth and/or spiritual maturity (Job 23:10Romans 5:3-5Hebrews 12:4-11)? Job understood the larger purpose of suffering: “He knows the way I take; and when He has tested me I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
  • Fifth, is God using this trouble so that His glory may be displayed in my life (John 9:1-32 Corinthians 4:1-31)? Some things are carefully designed for God to receive glory by favorable circumstances or by our godly response and behavior.
  • Sixth, is God using this affliction to mold me into the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29)?
  • Seventh, is it time to die (Psalms 90:10John 11:4)? After all, bodies don’t last forever!

As a pastor I have watched too many suffer. My family and I included. On the bright side, most of those I know have lived victoriously despite the pain. Let me share with you some insights that I see working in the lives of those who’ve made peace with their afflictions.

  • Sometimes we are forced to live with mystery! We will understand everything later (1 Corinthians 13:12).
  • Bruised hearts often emit the sweetest fragrance.
  • One hour of intense trial often gives more insight into the deep meanings of life than years of success and prosperity.
  • God has the right to give and to take away. Hold everything loosely.
  • God never promised to remove every trouble. He did promise to provide the grace and strength we need to live well through them.

Throughout my life, Philippians 4:10-13 has helped me through my most difficult times. I hope you find the words blessed as well.