Many people think that when problems are served up in their life, that God is mad at them, or perhaps He has abandoned them. They think they must be out of His will or those things wouldn't be happening to them. But that's not necessarily so. Many times the problems we are encountering  are a part of God's will for out lives at the moment.

I Peter 4:12-13, (The Message) "Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the thick of what Christ experienced. This is the spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner." 

Sometimes it is within the will of God for us to experience problems in our life. In the Scripture, God hasn't revealed everything we would like to know on the subject of problems, but He does have valid reasons for allowing problems to be served up in the lives of His children. We may not understand His reasons as we are working out way through them, but we do afterwards. When He allows them, it's always to promote our  spiritual growth. It's always to enlarge us. It's always for our good.

Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. To them who are called according to His purpose." 

Here's a personal word to you. If you are facing some unexpected problem that has suddenly popped up in your life - if you are tempted to question God because all of a sudden life is not making sense because everything seems to be against you and you don't understand what is happening and you're wondering where God is in all of this - take - heart - look up.  God is at work in your life behind the scenes leading, directing and molding your life and He's using these problems to do it.

If you are encountering struggles, hardships, obstacles and problems in your life, remember this,  in God's economy:

It is the struggles that makes a person strong.

It is the hardships that makes a person an overcomer.

It is the obstacles that provides a person with the greatest opportunity to excel.

It is the problems that develop and  direct us.

Andre Crouch wrote about this in his song entitled Through it All.

I've had many tears and sorrows
I've had questions for tomorrow
There have been times I didn't know right from wrong.
But in every situation  - God gave blessed consolation
That my trials come only to make me strong.

I thank God for the mountains
I thank Him for the valleys
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I'd never had a problem
I wouldn't know that He could solve them
I'd never know what faith in God can do.

Through it all -- through it all
I've learned to trust in Jesus
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all -- through it all
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

Pastor Bill

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