What is God
God telling you with the problems He permits in your life?
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
Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:
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." Proverbs 20:30
God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are like tea bags. 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)
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 and 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." Psalm
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 was fired for refusing to do something unethical that
his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem - but it
saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when
management's actions were eventually discovered. "You intended to harm
me, but God intended it for good." Genesis 50:20 (NIV)
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." Romans 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. Print this out and read this regularly. Some of
you could probably use this right now!
"YOU ARE BLESSED -- THERE'S NO NEED TO BE STRESSED!"
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