Daring Faith Devotional: Day 38

May 17, 2016, By: Crossroads Church

EVERY DIFFICULTY WILL WORK IN YOUR FAVOR

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17

When we go through difficulties in life, it stings. We’re tempted to blame someone, even God. Some troubles are so troubling, the only comfort is in knowing that God is with you and will turn it around for good in your life. Even when you do something stupid, God can repurpose it for good. Even when other people hurt you intentionally, God will get involved and do well for you. Even when the evil one interferes with your life, God can will shelter you and restore you.

God’s power and love are greater than your problem and your pain. God will work on your behalf to redirect any situation or loss! Our part is to receive comfort from God and believe in God’s steadfast love.

The Bible teaches: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that… 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 (Romans 5:3-4 TLB).

What is the value of your problems and difficulties? God can turn them into teachers. Every storm is a school. Every trial is teacher. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty can lead to development. God doesn’t create our problems, but God redirects them to work in our favor.

Most of us are slow learners. If you don’t learn something the first time, don’t worry; you’ll get another chance! Lessons unlearned tend to come back, and each time they do, God will comfort you and teach you along the way. Like a good parent, God is compassionate and resourceful.

You might be facing a major difficulty right now: an illness, a financial problem, or strain in a relationship. Frankly, these things are unwelcome teachers, and God does not take pleasure in our pain. Rather, God accompanies us through these valleys and speaks. God is saying to you, “Don’t give up. Grow up. Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:4 NKJV).