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The Purpose in Our Problems


2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT) " For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!"  

Paul is saying that the problems you have in your life are not going to last. The problems are temporary, but the reward is permanent. The purpose is permanent.  

God is a good who can bring good out of bad. He doesn’t always cause our pain, but he does often allow pain to happen in our life. It’s a tough one to understand sometimes, but the truth is, he can even bring good out of our pain. He doesn’t ever waste a hurt. There is always something that can come out of the bleakest difficulty or storm. 

He wants you to grow as a result of it. Even when you do stupid things, God can use it as a part of your ministry later to help others. Even when other people hurt me intentionally, He can use it. Even when the devil plans bad things for my life, God can bring good out of it. God's purpose is greater than your problem and your pain.  

God has a plan behind your pain, your problem. He'll use it.

Romans 5:3-4 (LB) "We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials for we know ... they help us learn to be patient.  And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time..." 

The result? God wants you to learn something. That's the whole purpose for the problems and difficulties you're facing. Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. God wants to teach you through your troubles. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty is for your development. 

God is more interested in your character than He is in your comfort. God is more interested in making you change to be more like Christ than He is in making things easy for you. Why? Because he is preparing you and developing your character for eternity. 

Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

No one wants to suffer. But, God promises that what awaits us on the other side of eternity will make everything okay. That’s a big, big promise.

One day there will be no more pain. One day there will be no more tombs. One day there will be no more suffering. In the meantime, we will cling to the promise he has given us, and we will learn what lessons we can from our present difficulties.