When bad thing happen

Built on a Rock

Life seems to throw us curve balls once in a while.

You have heard people say difficulties make us stronger, but is that really true?  Do we really believe it?

Next time you face a difficult situation, consider several possibilities of what God might be doing in your life through the difficulty.  He might be helping you see the strength of your faith.  “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 16-7.

Trials often reveal that we cannot depend on our self but on God’s divine resources. “For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren,” Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9.

At times the Lord allows struggles in life to teach us obedience.  Consider what the writer of Hebrews says, “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves.’” Hebrews 12:5-6.  Often struggles will mold us to be more Christ-like in our life.

God allows bad things to happen to his people so he can show them his great compassion. David said, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13.

James tells us that when we have problems, we are to count it as joy, because of the benefits it produces in our life.  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4.

Next time you face a trial, consider what God might be teaching you rather than complaining or thinking God has turned his back on you.



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