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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. j says:

    Hard teaching to swallow but ultimately true, I know from painful experience

  2. chantel says:

    God loves us he wil never put us in a situasion he can't take out he is always there for us we must just belive and have faith all things are possible

  3. Charlene says:

    Thank you Lord God for your provisions and for never leaving me or forsaking me. Thank you for making me who you want me to be. Thank you for who you are in my life, now and in the future. In Jesus' name. Amen.

  4. Loretta says:

    It seems that I get through one storm and there is another that follows . Each one that comes does seem to make us more humble and know that God is in control of everything and we need to not worry knowing that he is working on us and for us.

  5. Angie says:

    God is good all the time. We are tested to prove we truly love and trust Him alone.

  6. Candi says:

    Is it o.k. to ask for someone, there, to pray for me. I believe what Pastor Graham wrote above. I walk with God, yet life is beating me down. I just want to come home to Jesus. Please help me.

  7. Felix says:

    Upon answing the call God to full time ministry, the LORD instructed me to go to my village and preach.I fought with the prience of darkness for seven hours in the spirit realm beforeI embark on the mission. The challenge gave me boldness to face the reality. Praise God. Felix Alegbe

  8. kenneth says:

    just read it , makes sense, i wanted to skip it but i am glad that i have read it and i pray that God helps me grow from the problems and obstacles that i have in my life.

  9. opeyemi adediran says:

    Thanks please pray for my healing from sickle cell anaemia and daily joint pains.