No one in this life is immune from problems or suffering. It seems when one problem is solved another one surfaces. Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 4:12 “Don’t be bewildered or surprised when you go through the fiery trials ahead, for this is no strange unusual thing that is going to happen to you.”  

When we are in pain and suffering and we have run out of options, when we are heart broken, and in our darkest days, we cry out to God in our most heart-felt honest prayer. Suffering and problems bring us closer to God. These sufferings have a purpose. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

It is only in suffering that we know Jesus. Suffering teaches us things about God that we cannot learn any other way.

Problems force us to look to God and not depend on ourselves, but this is not always easy. We ask God’s will be done when we face difficulties and we want God to come to our rescue, however, there is a part of us that does not want God’s will to run contrary to what we want. Putting our complete trust in the Lord can be a challenge.

To surrender to his will our problems, sickness, pain and other circumstances is to accept that these issues are in someway necessary to fulfill his purpose in our life or another person’s life. Problems are an opportunity for us to form a close relationship with our creator and to learn. We should not waste one single problem or suffering but use these circumstances to grow in our relationship with Christ.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:6

By carol

Carol Ann Bailey EdD, Retired Associate Vice Chancellor, Regional Programs Assistant Professor, Director of Center for Rural Health, Retired, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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    So true! God takes us into troubled waters, not to drown us, but cleanse us! God is AMAZING!

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    “however, there is a part of us that does not want God’s will to run contrary to what we want.” Very powerful words. Thank you for another incredible message.

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