he 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.
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?
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?
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 probably learnt by getting burned.
Sometimes we only learn the values of something…health, money, a
relationship…by losing it.
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. Some time
ago, 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 his company’s
actions were eventually discovered.
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.
Remember, God is at work in your life even when you do not recognise it or
understand it. But it is much easier and more profitable when you do.
Plan out your work and work out your plans.