God Can Use Our Problems

Day 3 - God Can Use Our Problems

Dear Younger Me,

I’m sure you’d like to know more about what lies ahead, and how your life will turn out. I guess you’re wishing I could tell you what a wonderful, happy, problem-free life you’ll have, but I must be honest. It will include many wonderful and happy times, but it’s never going to be problem-free.

That’s just the reality of living in a broken world, but in the midst of that there is hope.

Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)

What’s more, you already know that God can use our trials and problems to develop good things in our lives.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)

I’m not sure you’ll ever fully learn to rejoice in your problems, but you will grow to appreciate how God can use them for good.

In fact, you’ll see that the times when you struggle the most will be the times God will use to grow your character and to build your faith in him.

Facing problems is never going to be easy, but the best advice I can give is this: talk to God – be honest about how you’re feeling, seek him for help and wisdom. Allow your problems to draw you close to God, not to drive you away.

And always remember that he has overcome. No matter what problems you face, they are not the end of the story.

“Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright it is not yet the end.” (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – be sure to watch that film when it comes out; you’ll enjoy it 🙂 )



Dear Younger Me...

This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided.  Today the prompt is “problem.”   You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.

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20 thoughts on “God Can Use Our Problems

  1. You may think that I’m a fool,
    or that I’ve gone stark raving,
    but God used cancer as a tool,
    and it’s me that He was saving.
    My life before was full of bumpf,
    concerns, today, that make me smile,
    possessions, pride and posturing stuff
    while death was lurking all the while.
    Now the dross is burned away,
    and there’s a freedom in my heart
    for which I’d not have thought to pray,
    had I known, even, where to start.
    It seems for death my life was made,
    and I would never, ever trade.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this, Andrew! You have been through some horrendous suffering, but I’m so glad you can see God working good even in the midst of it. Praying for you!


  2. It looks like this will be an excellent series this month. God has several ways to draw us to Him. Unfortunately, problems seem most effective. Thanks for sharing Lesley. Have a fantastic weekend, and God bless you.

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  3. Good advice. I don’t know where we get the idea that we’ll grow up and live a fairy tale happily ever after life until heaven, when the Bible tells us we’ll have tribulations and trials. I think when I was a teen, I knew life would always have problems, but I really expected it would be smooth sailing. Sigh. 🙂 I’m thankful for God’s grace and the lessons he teaches us through problems.

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  4. Accepting the truth that we will face problems in this world, and that God has a purpose in the trials He allows to touch our lives, are two of the most important understandings for making it though life on this earth. Great post, Leslie.

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  5. This reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures at 2 Corinthians 12:10 which says, “So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in insults, in times of need, in persecutions and difficulties, for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am powerful.” We are provided the strength needed by Jehovah God when we need it the most. There’s nothing more powerful than that and it makes us powerful when we feel we’re at our weakest point. Problems are annoying and hard to deal with but they show us where we need to improve and can draw us closer to the Father. This is a great post. Thank you!


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