Problems in this life are inevitable. As the saying goes, you can choose to be bitter about your problems or you can choose to let your problems make you better. When you are in the midst of a problem you are laying the foundation how you will view that problem and the people involved for years to come. So it’s important to recognize and develop the benefits of your problem now.
Benefit #1: Problems Purify Your Faith. Job said, “He has tested me through the refining fire and I have come out as pure gold.” Chances are God is using the problem in your life to burn out some impure character issues you’ve been holding onto. Christians are like tea bags. You don’t what you’ve got inside of you until you are dipped into some hot water. You are like steel; when you are tested you come out a lot stronger.
Benefit #2: Problems Fortify Our Patience. The Bible says the testing of our faith develops perseverance. We’re talking about staying power. Standing tall in the storm like the Rock of Gilbralter. It’s the ability to stay strong under pressure. We like to run from pressure, but God wants us to stand up under it so that we will not fall into sin.
Benefit #3: Problems Help Me Sanctify My Character. They make me like Jesus. They help me mature. The Bible says the testing of your faith produces endurance so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. God’s number one prority, his will for you, is to make you like Jesus Christ. If you are going to be like Jesus then you have to realize there were times when Jesus was betrayed, lonely, tempted, and tired. If God is going to make me like Jesus then I will go through the things Jesus went through.
So many Christians get started on thier journey and they talk about how great it is to follow Jesus; but when problems come they get overwhelmed and they wonder why God isn’t blessing them anymore. They wonder if they are really saved, or if they really matter to God, or if this Jesus’ stuff is really true. Realize when you face troubles God has you right where he wants you. It’s in the troubles of life where we can see the mighty hand of God work the strongest in our life. It’s when he does the magical work of changing our personality and character into Jesus Christ. Remember this promise from God, “We know that all things work together for good if we love God and are called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow He did predestine to be conformed to the image of the Son of God.” Romans 8:28-29
(Parts of this article are from a message by Rick Warren)