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God has a purpose behind every problem. He can use various circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he may use or depend more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than almost any other way.
God has a purpose behind every problem. He can use various circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he may use or depend more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than almost any other way.

The reason is obvious—you face circumstances 24 hours a day.

Jesus warned us we would have problems and various tribulations in the world. Life is a series of problems. Every time you solve one, another is waiting to take its place. Not all of them are big, but all are significant in God's growth process for you.

Turning To God
God can even use problems to draw you closer to Himself. The Bible says, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit."

Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days, when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you're out of options, when the pain is great and you turn to God alone.

It is during suffering that we learn to pray our most authentic, heartfelt, honest prayers to God. When we're in pain, we don't have the energy for superficial prayers.

When life is rosy, we may slide by with knowing about Jesus, imitating Him, quoting Him, or speaking of Him. But only in suffering will we know Him. We learn things about God in suffering that we can't learn any other way.

Regardless of the cause, none of your problems could happen without God's knowlege. God is always aware of everything that happens to one of His children, and He intends to use these problems for good even when Satan and others intend to use them to hurt or to harm us.

Jewels In The Rough
We are like jewels, shaped with the hammer and chisel of adversity. If a jeweler's hammer isn't strong enough to chip off our rough edges, often a sledgehammer will be used. If we're really stubborn, then maybe a jackhammer will be used-whatever is needed.

Since God intends to make you like Jesus, He will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. That includes loneliness, temptation, stress, criticism, rejection, and many other problems.

The Bible says Jesus "learned obedience through suffering" and "was made perfect through suffering." Why would we expect our experience in life to be any different?

Although we can (and should) learn from difficult and challenging experiences in life, problems don't automatically produce what God intends. Many people become bitter, rather than better, and never grow up.

You have to respond the way Jesus would. It is vital that you stay focused on God's plan, not your pain or problem.

Corrie Ten Boom, who suffered in a Nazi death camp, explained the power of focus: "If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you'll be at rest!"

Your focus will determine your feelings.

If you are facing trouble right now, don't ask, "Why me?" Instead ask, "What can I learn from this?" Then trust God and keep on doing what's right. You need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.

Don't give up—let God grow you up so you can become more like Jesus.

Voice Of Vision Newsletter
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Author Biography

Ann Shipman
Web site: Fellowship of Hope Church
Robert and Ann are founders of Living Stone Ministry, a restoration ministry. Both Robert and Ann come from a professional business background, but are now 100% in ministry.

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