The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you â€“ depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how Allah wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.
Here are five ways Allah wants to use the problems in your life:
1. Allah uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? â€œSometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.â€
2. Allah uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bagsâ€¦if you want to know whatâ€™s inside them, just drop them into hot ever water! Has God tested your faith with a problem What do problems reveal about
you? â€œWhen you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.â€
3. Allah uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. Itâ€™s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stoveâ€¦. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of somethingâ€¦ health, money, a relationship.. .. by losing it. â€œIt was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.â€
4. Allah uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem â€“ but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when managementâ€™s actions were eventually discovered. â€œYou intended to harm me, but God intended it for goodâ€¦â€
5. Allah uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things youâ€™re going to take with you into eternity. â€œWe can rejoice when we run into problemsâ€¦they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.â€
Hereâ€™s the point:
God is at work in your life â€“ even when you do not recognize it or understand it.
But itâ€™s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.