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 our Lives :
1. God uses problems to DIRECT you. Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems so 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. See Proverbs 20:30
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 water! Has God tested your faith with a problem; what do problems reveal about you? “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2-3
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, or a relationship … by losing it. “It is good for me that I was afflicted. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Psalm 119:71-72
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. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” Genesis 50:20
5. God uses problems to PERFECT you. Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than He is in your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity. “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint…” Romans 5:3-5
Here’s the point: God is at work in your life – even when you don’t recognize or understand it. But for us, it is much easier, and infinitely more profitable, when we cooperate with Him.
“Success can be measured not only in achievements, but in lessons learned, lives touched, and moments shared along the way!”