By Jerome Baker
Problems are a part of life. Some problems we cause ourselves and some problems seemingly find us when we are minding our own business. Regardless, certain obstacles can be overwhelming and cause anger, stagnation, or even worry to the best parent, student, or young adult. Here are some reasons to thank God for the problems in your life that you just can’t seem to understand or solve just yet.
1. It could be worse.
When we are hit with certain issues of life sometimes we respond with bitterness, anger, and pity. The key is not to allow these feelings to overtake us. One remedy to combat this is to realize that things could always be worse. I have to constantly discipline myself to remember this. Yes, bad things happen to good people…but if it doesn’t kill you, it can make you better. If you are a cry baby when problems hit, start being thankful because it could be worse.
2. God can bring you through it.
Some problems make you feel like God doesn’t care or that He will not even help with. To the contrary God is the best problem solver. Though He doesn’t solve problems like man, because His ways are different; He does help. Even when we lie and say things like, “God, if you help me out this time I will never…..” If we never had problems would there be a need for God’s supernatural power? Be thankful and trust God to bring you through it. Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.
3. Some problems reveal weaknesses.
Problems have a way of showing us that we are not who or where we thought we were mentally, financially, spiritually, or sexually. We reap some problems because of bad decisions. But, we can still be thankful because the problem showed use where we need to improve in life.
Psalm 30:10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”
4. Some problems cause maturity.
Some young people…and adults as well, do not grow up until they have problems. Going to jail, having a baby before marriage, losing a job, a break up, getting kicked out of school, losing a scholarship, or being stabbed in the back by a close friend can be difficult to handle. But, those same problems can be a wake up call and an opportunity for change. Be thankful for your problems because that can cause up to stop being childish.
Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.
5. God uses your problems to help others.
Some problems we encounter are not even about us, they were appointed to us to help someone else. God brings people through tough dilemmas to be a testimony for others. Be thankful for what you are going through because not only will you be blessed, but so will some else when they hear about you. Philippians 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
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© Copyright 2014 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor of A Place of Refuge Church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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