DAY 38: EVERY DIFFICULTY IS FOR YOUR DEVELOPMENT
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17 (NIV)
When we go through difficulties in life, the first thing we try to do is blame somebody else. But it doesn’t matter where your problem came from-God still has purpose for it in your life. Even when you do something stupid, God can use it. Even when other people hurt you intentionally, he can use it. Even when the devil plans bad things for your life, God can bring good out of it.
God’s purpose is greater than your problem and your pain. God has a plan! You need to look past the temporary pain and look instead at the long-term benefit in your life.
The Bible says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4 (NLT).
What is the purpose of your problems and difficulties? God wants you to learn something. Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty is for your development.
Most of us are slow learners. If you don’t learn something the first time, God will bring it up again in your life. It will come back, because God is more interested in your character and making you like Christ than He is in making things easy for you.
You might be facing a major difficulty right now: an illness, a financial problem, or strain in a relationship. Does God have a message for you while you’re going through your difficulty? Absolutely. 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).
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.