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I serve God at church and work hard to obey him, but I am in a lot of pain. If I do so much and serve my lord with everything I have then why am i going through this?

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Thank you for sharing your situation. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling and stressed.

From reading your statement I think there are two comments to make:

The first is that you might need to review the balance between your physical limitations and your involvement in church life. We must serve the Lord wholeheartedly but not to the point that it breaks us physically and mentally. Perhaps you should talk this over with your family members and with your church leaders, to see if they think you are pushing yourself too hard. 

The second response I have for you is that you may have the wrong idea about how God rewards our service. His reward is primarily spiritual in giving us His presence and joy in our hearts. In the Last Day he will reward us eternally for our faithful service but not necessarily with material blessings now. Consider Jesus, he lived a perfect life and yet he was homeless for a good part of it, and he was betrayed then murdered. Also nearly all of Jesus' disciples were murdered and had very difficult lives. Today some of the missionaries who travel the world for Jesus will have all sorts of problems and possibly be killed.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will (James 1:2-5).

It is a sad fact but the truth, that we live in a broken and fallen world and we are all equally susceptible to have hardships and troubles in life. The answer is not to blame God or expect an easy life, but to trust God when things are hard. Cling to God when your life is easy and cling harder when it is difficult. It may help you to take a step back from your commitments and evaluate how your own relationship is with God. We can sometimes hide our spiritual problems from ourselves by our activities for God, as though doing things for Him could replace spending time with Him. What He seeks from us before anything else is our fellowship with Him!

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
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