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.'
2. 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 ever water! Has God 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.'
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
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
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...
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
hope and faith are strong and steady.'
Here's the point:
God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or
But it's much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.
'Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons
lives touched and moments shared along the way'
Let us pray for one another's HEALING.
One with you in your journey,