Problems Give Us Opportunities
No matter what face we present to the world, who of us is without problems? Life is non-discerning when it doles out difficulties, hardships, and inconveniences.
Recently we had a long and treacherous drive in blizzard conditions. We arrived safely at our destination only to have our car not start the next day. It didn't work to jump it either, and we had a funeral to get to. We reminded ourselves that it was out of our control and that God would take care of us. And He did.
Often we don't view problems for what they are:
You see, my friends,
Problems keep us humble.
They force us to always be aware of our human limitations. They prevent us from being prideful. When we realize that we cannot do it alone, that our problems are unmanageable and that we need help, God is quick to answer.
Problems remind us (either gently, or perhaps firmly) to look not outward to the chaos of the world, not inward to our own wisdom (or lack thereof), but UP to God.
Problems allow us to demonstrate our faith.
Especially in difficult circumstances. I have been witness to people praising God even in the midst of the worst life had to offer: cancer, addiction, family tragedy, miscarriage, divorce, a house fire, and the death of a spouse. These Christian friends of mine are an incredible examples of demonstrating their unshakable faith. Surely we, in life's smaller moments of inconveniences and troubles, can do the same.
Problems give God the opportunity to demonstrate His power.
His power is made perfect in our weakness. When we persevere and overcome problems in our lives with the help of God, He proves that anything is possible for those who trust in Him. He can do the impossible. He can do what we cannot.
Problems remind us of the hope we have beyond this brief life.
Our ultimate hope when we experience illness, pain, persecution, and suffering is that THIS brief life is not all there is. Our focus is not on what we can see but rather what we cannot. Our God who is unmovable and unchanging promises us a life to come that is without problems. Our hope is in the eternal.
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
So fix your eyes on things above and embrace God's peace that the world and all it's problems cannot take from you.