Another Purpose For Your Problems
Let me ask you this question: have you ever had a day that did not contain a problem of some shape or form? If you think about it, no. Have you ever had a year that did not include some major problem; like losing a job, car accident, death of a loved one, or so on? Probably not. I don’t need to tell you by this point in life that life itself is full of problems.
There’s two basic ways to look at problems – the first way is to see every problem as something to get around and forget as quickly as possible. The second way is to look for purpose behind your problem, and use your problem to grow stronger and more mature in Christ.
About the first way to look at problems: it’s the easier way, but it gets you nowhere. Really. We know from the Bible that God allows trials and temptations to come our way for our good. Think about the Israelites after they came out of Egypt – they could have looked at their problems in light of God’s goodness and spent 11 days out in the wilderness, but instead they complained and didn’t trust God and ended up being there 40 years.
Since God’s in control of everything, know that everything that comes your way has a reason to be there. Be careful though! I’m not saying God sends those things your way; He doesn’t. But the things that satan sends against us to destroy us, God will sometimes allow in our lives so that we can defeat them through His strength and grow as a result. Anyways, those problems in your life have a purpose for you to find.
Most of the time, the problems we encounter help us to grow. But some of our problems we can actually turn around into ministry. Sound crazy? Consider what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians chapter 1, verse 4: “[God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”. A good portion of the time, we get so caught up in our problem we’re facing that we never see the people around us facing the same exact problem. Think of whatever major problem you’re facing right now (or just recently faced) – I almost guarantee that you know someone who’s going through the same thing. What an opportunity for outreach! You can comfort them with the comfort God has given you – and besides helping them out, you’ll be a witness for Christ. People will see your compassion and love, as well as the foundation on Christ that keeps you intact.
Problems are sometimes a total pain. But they’re in your life for a reason, so figure it out. They are always going to be there in this life, so you might as well use them for your growth as well as bringing in God’s Kingdom.
The bottom line? Allow God to work through your problems, either in your life or someone else’s.