“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)
Many times as I have been in pain, I have been frustrated because I felt like I was not enjoying some activity as much as I could if I were not hurting. I was reading an article recently that helped me put pain and problems into perspective and they didn’t seem so overwhelming anymore.
In order to build faith, God will often give us a dream, we’ll make a decision, and then God will allow a delay, because in the delay He matures us and prepares us for what is to come. Problems will enter into our lives and these are often used to help us grow stronger.
When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt into the desert toward the Promised Land, he had one problem after another.
First, there was not water and then no food. Next, there was a bunch of complainers. Then there were poisonous snakes. Moses was doing what God wanted him to do, but he still had problems.
Perhaps we need to reflect of why God made us. In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to live forever in this world, but God wants us to be with Him forever in Heaven. One day we are going to die and that will be the end of our bodies but not the end of us. We may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but we are going to spend trillions of years in eternity.
This is the “warm-up act”–the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. God is more interested in making our lives holy than in making us happy. Our goal in life should be to grow in character and more like Christ.
No matter how good things are in our lives, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in our lives, there is always something good for which we can thank God. We can focus on our purposes, or we can focus on our problems.
Prayer: We ask, Father, that you constantly remind us our goal in this life to glorify You and to live more Christ like lives looking forward to spending eternity with You. Help us to use our pain and problems as a ways to grow closer to You and to serve You by serving Your children here in this world.
About the Author
Patricia Armstrong lives with her husband, Richard, in Virginia Beach and in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She asks God to help her use pain from a nerve disease to grow closer to Him.
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