“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." - Romans 8:28-29
God has a purpose for every problem. God will use our circumstances to develop our character, to shape us, to build, to mold us; to show us that He is God, and that He is in control. But in order for God to use our problems, troubles, and pains for His honor and glory, it will depend on our personal relationship with Christ, our faith, our honesty and our commitment.
Someone today might be going through something and you're tripping because even though God intended to use your problem for the good, the devil and others mean it for the bad. Troubles are a part of God’s growth process in our lives. No one is immune to it and no one can skate through life without it. God uses problems to draw us closer to Him.
The times that we will be closest to God are usually our darkest, most broken, most abandoned [moments], and when the pain is the greatest. That's usually when we turn to God.
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
I would like to share three blessings that come into our lives through problems.
Blessing #1 - God Uses Problems To Direct And Shape Us - The difficult things we experience in life, big and small, are not random freak accidents or streaks of bad luck. They are allowed, and at times even orchestrated, by God to direct us and shape us into the image of Jesus.
Guess what? Even though you can’t see it right now, God has been busy creating something breathtaking in you. God is right in front of us; eyeing our progress, smoothing the rough edges, moving haters out of our way, and patiently bringing the image of Jesus out in us.
Blessing #2 - God Uses Problems To Correct Us - Sometimes we may be stuck in a rut and God uses problems to change our direction in life. It isn’t all the time that we are doing anything wrong - it's just that we need a new direction.
Sometimes we stray into sin and we need God’s correction, His discipline, in order to have our fellowship restored with Him. God will use some problems in our lives to stimulate us to think about the sin that we have fallen into and to correct our behavior.
Blessing #3 - God Uses Problems To Protect Us - How many of you know the story of Joseph in the Old Testament? The story of Joseph’s life is a remarkable one, and only the miraculous Hand of God could have accomplished it, taking him out of slavery and making him a ruler in Egypt, second only in power to the Pharaoh himself.
Joseph knew how much his brothers hated him, but he also saw the hand of God working in his own life and how God had protected him through it all. (Genesis 45:4-8).
Therefore, I challenge the Saints of God and the body of Christ to understand the purpose of every problem they encounter. God intends to make us like His son and He will take us through some of the same experiences that Jesus went through.
Keep standing on the promises of God regardless of the problems, because for every problem there is a promise.