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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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43 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    Was let go of my job due to a co-worker’s total disrespect to me and company rules. I discussed this with the company’s Human Resources and no help. Why do we go through situations or are put through unfixable situations that are beyond our control, the lesson to which we’re to learn from? I still have yet to figure it all out.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Being a follower of Christ isn’t always easy. There’s a very real battle for our souls. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

      In 2 Timothy 3:12-13, the Apostle Paul warned Timothy that, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

      We experience spiritual battle as Christians not so much because of who WE are but because of who Christ is. In Mark 13:13, Jesus says, “Everyone will hate you because of me,” but He continues that, “the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

      We encourage you to visit the website below to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. The stronger our relationship with Him, the harder it is for us to be swayed. Here are some encouraging verses for you, too.

      1 Corinthians 10:13: “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

      1 Peter 3:14: “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled…”

      1 Peter 4:19: “Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”

      1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

      Romans 5:2-5: “We boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

      2 Timothy 4:7-8: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.”

      http://bit.ly/LivingDailyWithGod

  2. Brenda says:

    I understand what you are saying but sometimes life is really tough. My husband left our 31 year marriage for a family friend. He lied to me over and over and made a fool out of me several times. I look at divorce as being a very selfish act. I hurt and so does my whole family.

  3. Lesa Colton says:

    Thank you for this powerful message.

  4. Neverbeingborn says:

    First, I would like to thank you for words of wisdom. I rather have never been born, than go through what I have went through.
    I hear “God put you here for reason”. I have no children, I have been in foster care from birth. God has not shown me any mercy. I have nothing to be thankful for.

    I dont want any pity, or anyone feeling sorry for me. I learned to just have a black heart.

    Does God love me? He has a really funny way of showing it.
    I

    1. BGEA says:

      God loves you more than you can imagine. Check out what Billy Graham has to say on that question here: http://billygraham.org/story/billy-grahams-my-answer-does-god-really-love-me/

      We are praying for you.

  5. Cecy says:

    This is very true. God puts me in situations where I just have to let him take the wheel it is the hardest thing at first because you don’t know what situation you’re going to be put in or if you’re going the right path. For me it is so hard it is almost impossible to follow what God is telling me because I get scared and feeling hopeless that everything unfolds in the end if you just believe.

  6. Vashti says:

    Hi. I am Vashti. Today, I have looked this up because I am 12 years old and my mother was just getting so angry at me and I was crying my eyeballs out and I was so sad. I wanted to look at this. I LOVE IT. Thanks so much.

  7. Chaela says:

    I totally agree to the response, If God doesn’t put your spiritual muscles to work, then eventually they’ll go to waste. God give his hardest battles to his strongest soilders. I’m in a situation right now where my life depends on it. But, i am a child of God, I believe in him, and believe he will get me through this time of need. I would like to tell everyone to keep me in their prayers. And I’ll do the same.

  8. kim says:

    I so agree with the response to this question. Without tribulations our faith would not grow. I’ve been abused and suffered hardship in my life BUT I have unending faith from it and always over comming every issue by trusting just Jesus! One thing im positive of is my faith is unshakeable because our God has proved to me thru crisis He can do ANYTHING!

  9. Ethel says:

    Truth but too hard to swallow.

  10. harry says:

    it is at that tryin moment that God is preparing u..like a potter,he kneads the clay to remove air bubble n grass n sticks so as to remain with fine clay then he goes to put it in the kiln to make it to be able to hold water..its u to know season if its time for preparation or not..i thank God for every trial n temptation for He is preparin me 4 His purpose.thats y i chose to Yield to His power.

    1. Molly says:

      Thanks so much for this, now I know why I am put in unbearable situations mostly after reading the word of God..basically is to put to test whether I will do what I have learned. please pray for me my marriage is being put to test.
      Thanks