Realize The Benefits That Problems Bring
No one relishes having problems. However, if you stop and consider these benefits that problems bring, perhaps you will change your perspective:
1. Problems make us more like Christ.
For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His son. (Romans 8:29)
2. Problems make us more patient.
Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:2-3)
3. Problems cause us to depend on God rather than ourselves.
We felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:9)
4. Problems enable us to glorify God.
This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of Man may be glorified through it. (John 11:4)
5. Problems prepare us for ministry.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of comfort, who comforts us in all our problems that we may be able to comfort those who are in any tribulation. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
6. Problems give us hope.
We rejoice in problems, knowing that problems produce perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3)
7. Problems direct us and motivate us to change.
Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. (Proverbs 20:30)
8. Problems correct us.
It was the best thing that could have happened, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws. (Psalm 119:71-72)
9. Problems demonstrate God's love for us.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son he receives. (Hebrews 12:6)
10. Problems reveal whether our faith is genuine.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold. (1 Peter 1:7a)
11. Problems make us more humble.
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger from Satan to harass me and keep me from becoming conceited. (2 Corinthians 12:7)
12 Problems teach us to be more thankful.
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
13. Problems remind us that God is in control of every problem.
One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into the boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown! He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. (Luke 8:22-24)
14. Problems remind us to focus on our rewards in heaven.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
As Wayne Dyer said, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
So, whether you are just coming out of a problem, in the midst of a problem or just going into one - look at the benefits.
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