Thursday, August 25, 2011

Five Ways God Uses the Problems in Your Life

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 your life:

1. 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? "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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 ever water! Has God tested your faith with a problem? What do problems reveal about you? "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you 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 by losing it. "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." Psalm 119:72

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. "You intended to harm me, but God intended 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 your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you're going to take with you into eternity. "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." Romans 5:3-4

Here's the point:
God is at work in your life - even when you do not recognize it or understand it. But it's much easier and profitable when you surrender to his plan for your life.


Jen said...

What a beautiful insight and post. Thanks you very much and may god continue to bless you abundantly.

Gail Kasper said...

Through my autobiography, Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self Imprisonment To Total Empowerment, I learned to follow the path laid before me. When you are creating your life, your dreams and your career will find you. Believe in the path, accept it, and despite any fear, move with it. Every element of my speaking career took off when I allowed my life to be guided, when I took steps and opened my mind to what was before me.

Gail Kasper
Author, Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals

Gail Kasper said...

This is greatly uplifting. It's been a pleasure to read - Thank you so much for sharing this. I have always felt that there has been a spiritual being carrying me through life and I can completely relate to your 5 details above. I detail this in my autobiography, Another Day Without A Cage. I am blessed to have recognized this spiritual presence in my life. It has been my source of strength.

Gail Kasper,
Motivational Speaker and Author, Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self Imprisonment To Total Empowerment

Malena said...

Sometimes God creates problem to test if people are good enough to get the happiness. That's why people need to suffer for a while. But if we all keep being positive and working hard, nothing is really a problem for us.