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Q:

Our pastor said the other day that we ought to be glad when problems come, because we'll become better persons as a result. I'm not sure I agree with him. Why would God put us into hard situations?


A:

Your pastor was only echoing what the Bible tells us about troubles, namely, that God can use them to make our faith stronger and draw us closer to Himself. The Bible says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…. so that you may be mature and complete” (James 1:2, 4).

Think of it this way: Suppose you never got any physical exercise; all you did was sit in your chair or lie in bed all day. What would happen to your muscles? You know the answer: They’d grow weaker and weaker, and eventually you might not even be able to get out of bed. Our muscles only become strong if we exercise them and challenge them to do more. The more resistance they face, the stronger they’ll get.

The same is true spiritually. If our faith is never challenged… if we never have to put it to work… then our spiritual “muscles” will grow weaker and weaker. But when hardships and trials come into our lives, we’ll be forced to exercise those spiritual “muscles” — and when we do, our faith will grow stronger. We’ll discover that God still loves us and is with us, and He can be trusted to lead us through life’s storms. The Bible says, “We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3-4).

Thank God that He will never abandon you, no matter what comes your way. And when hard times do come, turn to Him and ask Him to use them to help you grow in your faith.

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32 Comments

  1. Víctor says:

    True

  2. Antony says:

    I'm really exited and challenged to move on in faith.

  3. Antony says:

    Thank u man of GOD.ua serving is not in vain GOD IS FAITHFUL

  4. Patricia says:

    Very true! All things have a purpose and it will be completed in its time! If we allow it to be it will be! Praise The Lord for you and all you do to teach people the meaning of life!

  5. Patricia says:

    Very true! All things have a purpose and it will be completed in its time! If we allow it to be it will be! Praise The Lord for you and all you do to teach people the meaning of life!

  6. Ismael says:

    Our divine Father had demonstrated humanity at all times that He loves his creation by his pure sincere demonstration of the best gift of all, Jesus Christ that given in reconciliation with us

  7. Elizabeth Ruvalcaba says:

    This is so true we have been going through some really hard times but when I feel down I pray and so much peace is felt I am human I get weak but I put my entire trust in God and things get better thank you God

  8. judy says:

    Have you read about apostle Paul the way he suffered? Beatings, imprisonment, to name but a few, but after all the persecutions he praised for finding him worthy to suffer for the gospel

  9. john says:

    It is through harder times that people like Paul had to pass to test their faith. This prepares us spiritual.