Devotional: Life and Problems

Life Problems

Are you facing problems in your personal life, business life, family life, relationship life, creative life, spiritual life? We need to realize that life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you. It all depends on how you respond to them. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”. Ask God what He is trying to tell you from this.

1. God Uses Problems to Direct You – Proverbs 20:30. Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.

Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. Proverbs 20:30

2. God Uses Problems to Inspect You – James 1:2-3. When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this test will give you patience. Caution! Too much self-analysis is dangerous! It leads to “why me Lord syndrome”.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. — James 1:2-3

3. God Uses Problems to Correct You – Psalm 119:71-72. It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. 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 – Genesis 50:20. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. — Genesis 50:20

5. God Uses Problems To Perfect You – Romans 5:3-4. 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 finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  — Romans 5:3-4

Conclusion: Problems when responded to correctly are character builders. God is interested more in our character than in our comfort. You relationship with God and your character are the only things you will take with you into eternity see Romans 5:3-4. God wants to make changes in your life where you can make a difference!

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