Throughout this week we are looking at five ways God uses problems in our lives. 1. God uses problems to direct us.
2. God uses problems to test us.
3. God uses problems to correct us.
Psalm 119:71 says, “It was good for me to be afflicted that I might learn Your statutes.” Life is a school and problems are a part of the curriculum. Have you experienced that some life lessons could only have been learned through trials?
We often learn the value of things when we lose them. We learn the value of money by losing it. We can learn the value of relationships by losing them as well. We can certainly learn the value of health when we get sick. It is human nature that we often learn best through pain.
When problems arise for you, don’t ask, “Why is this happening to me?” Instead, ask, “What is God trying to teach me in this? What can I learn from this problem?” Maybe God wants to teach us about His power. Maybe God wants to teach us that He can handle any situation. Maybe God wants to teach us about His grace and His wisdom, and He wants to teach us to rely on Him.
God also uses problems in our lives to teach us about ourselves. God may use situations to reveal to us our weakness and character faults. God may allow problems in our lives to show us our blind spots so that we can better reflect His image to others.
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