Our problems come to make us strong…
God’s Purpose Behind Your Problems
by R Warren
“My troubles turned out all for the best. They forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine.”
— Psalm 119:71-72 (Msg)
Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them.
Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.
Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:
1. God uses problems to DIRECT you – Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? “Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.” Pr. 20:30 (GN)
2. God uses problems to INSPECT you – People are like teabags if you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God ever tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you?
When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. (James 1:2-3, NCV)
3. God uses problems to CORRECT you – Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something – health, money, a relationship – by losing it.
It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws. (Ps. 119:71-72, LB)
4. God uses problems to PROTECT you – A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend of mine was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem – but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when his boss actions were uncovered.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good . (Gen. 50:20, NIV)
5. God uses problems to PERFECT you. – Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.
We can rejoice when we run into problems they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. (Rom. 5:3-4, LB)
Here’s the point: God is at work in your life – even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him!
Along with each challenge we face in life, comes an invitation from God to enter into a new experience with Him, in order to give us much needed “on the job training” and real life experience in how to apply God’s POWER, the promises His WORD, and His long-suffering perseverance through every trial that we face in life.
So that we may have, not just intellectual knowledge of God, but more importantly that we may gain experiential knowledge, as we learn to die to our self-will and self-determination (see Matthew 16:24-27), in order that God may channel His power through us (per 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) and remove those seemingly “mountain sized” obstacles Satan places in our path (see Matthew 17:19-20).
by Two Listeners
Trials and troubles may seem to overwhelm you. They cannot do more than work My Will, and that Will you have said is your Will.
Do you not see that you cannot be destroyed? From now a new Life is opening out before you. Yours to enter into the Kingdom I have prepared for you.
The sunlight of My Presence is on your paths. Trust and go forward unafraid. My Grace is sufficient for all your needs.
“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
— Psalm 56:11
[NOTE: These inspired messages where received from God, in London during WW II, by two ladies (who opted to remain anonymous), who endured the daily bombings of the London Blitzkrieg]
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