By Jennifer Moreno
In life there are good and bad situations, but many times we fail to see the good in the bad. Sometimes we feel our pains and sorrows are so unbearable that we can’t possibly envision a way out of it. We become too focused on our circumstances that we don’t see what G-d is trying to show us or do in us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
The good news is that in our weakness, G-d makes sure to give us grace and show his glory in those times. So when we’re weak, we should rejoice and be happy that G-d is with us.
Psalm 46 says – “God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”
We must remember that verse and meditate on it. It doesn’t say when we’re in trouble G-d will help us sometimes, or when he feels like it. G-d says he will always be ready to help us in times of trouble. That to me gives me great comfort.
Though our prayers may not be answered immediately or our circumstances don’t seem to change, when it finally does happen, you see G-d had a plan all along. G-d wants us to be patient and to have faith that He knows what we’re going through and what we’re feeling.
2 Corinthians 4:9 says – “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
Many times we fail to see that in the midst of our problems, there is something to learn and to take away from it. The problems you face now will either defeat you or develop you – depending on how you respond to them. As Christians we must remember that we can’t be defeated, we’re already conquers in Christ and victorious.
G-d sometimes uses problems to direct us and to get us moving from one place of conformity to another. Other times He uses it to motive us to change or to get our attention.
Proverbs 20:30 says ” Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.” Meaning sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.
Sometimes G-d uses our problems to inspect us and test our faith in Him. He wants to make sure our faith can go through fire like gold.
James 1:2-3 highlights this – “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.”
Other times G-d uses our troubles to correct us and discipline us. Just like little children when they’re told not to touch the hot stove. When they touch it, they get burned, but the lesson was learned. There are times we’re so stubborn even as adults, the only way to learn is through pain and failure.
Also, in times of difficulty, G-d is sometimes trying to protect you from something worse. A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed in the future.
And lastly, G-d uses problems to perfect you as I mentioned in my last post. G-d is far more interested in transforming your character than leaving you the same. You may not want to change, but He wants you to change. So all of these troubles may be upon you for those very same reasons, to change you!
When we respond to our problems correctly, it builds our character. Remember, your relationship with Jesus and your character are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.
Romans 5:3-4 says “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.”
May grace and peace abound in you! Amen.