Sometimes we complain about our problems instead of
seeing them as opportunities. The problem you face
will either defeat you or develop you, depending on
how you respond. Most people fail to see how God
wants to use problems for good in their lives. They
react foolishly instead of pausing to consider what
benefit they might bring. I want to share five ways
that God can use the problems you encounter in
First, 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.
Second, God uses problems to INSPECT you. People are
like tea bags. If you want to know what’s inside
them, just drop them in some hot water ! What do
problems reveal about you ? When you have many kinds
of troubles, these troubles test your faith and this
will give you patience. The testing of your faith
produces endurance according to James 1: 2 – 3.
Third, God uses problems to CORRECT you. Some
lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It
is likely that as a child, your parents told you not
to touch a hot stove. But you might have learned by
being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of
something. Such as health, money, or a relationship,
by losing it. Later we can say, “It was the best
thing that happened to me,” for it taught me to pay
attention to Your laws.
Fourth, 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.
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