Responding to Problems

Problems.  I hate to say it, but we all have them.  We wish we could just make all of our problems disappear, but in reality, we’d be doing ourselves a disservice.  You see, God uses our problems for good.  In fact, our most profound acts of worship and intimacy with God tend to happen when we are mired in trials and difficulties.  Usually, it’s there where we give complete faith and hope a chance.

psalm 34When we put our trust in God to comfort us through our problems, true spiritual growth can occur (Romans 5:3-4).  Gods works us into difficult situations to mold our character into one he can work with (James 1:2-4).

The work doesn’t only lie with God though.  We must fulfill our role during problems by not becoming bitter.  We must remember that God knows what’s best for us.  We need to remain focused on his plan and endure whatever temporary pain we may face.  Finally, we should rejoice that our circumstances help accomplish God’s will not only for our lives but also for eternity (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

-Joe

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