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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. Tashi says:

    yes i believe in God nd dats why He is always by my side. Thank u Lord for all the things u have. done till now nd in future lso pls be by my side nd lso wid all ur childrens.Amen

  2. Belina says:

    Man of God,you have really strengthened me.trial have made me focus more on the Lord.early in my marriage I used to cry with every problem but my spiritual strength has taught me to let go,not struggle physically but focus on God.

  3. Robert says:

    Really touching and inspirational. Please keep on.

  4. Esther says:

    Yes, this is so true. Years ago when I was a baby Christian, I experienced this kind of trials and always questioned why things were happening. I learned to see them as growing pains and how the Lord wanted to grow me and make me complete in Him.

  5. Helina says:

    God wil put us on challenges 2test our faith.like now in my life i fil lyk i can myself and my daughter coz we r even starvin bt i trust God this storm will b ova!

  6. Rebecca says:

    I thank The Lord for trials. I know at times they are painful and I might feel alone, but My Jesus is only a prayer away.

  7. isaac says:

    i am going through the same!!

  8. Nephat says:

    That is the naked truth but it has took me years to accept it,atleast for now i dont complain because i know all things worketh for good for those who love God n are called according to His purpose.

  9. Steve says:

    If our faith will never be challenged then consider yourself dead. Hence faith without action is death.

  10. Riz says:

    That's true! And sometimes still suffering inspite of doing good. But be sure that its not just doing good thing but Godly thing. It's part of growing maturity with Christ Jesus. To become better person instead of bitter person. Shalom :-)