“Well, the truth is that God gives us a whole set of problems to deal with, not because He doesn’t like us but because He wants us to develop and mature in His ways”
I am sure everyone can attest to growing up and experiencing some kind of situation which you felt was extremely difficult.
These may be quite easily remembered because there is a tendency within human beings to remember the bad experiences more rapidly than the good. I am equally sure that we may even be able to actually list these, but have we ever considered the purpose for them in our lives? What was our response in the midst of them?
Did we bawl, cry, blame family members, curse, plot revenge, quietly let it pass, or try to understand why God allowed such to happen?
You may have noticed our premise is that you believe that there is a God, but just in case you do not, we will have to leave that for another discussion. You should continue reading though because we would like to hear your views and wish to engage you in a very pertinent conversation.
Recently our Senior Elder, Wayne Brown, launched his book “Dealing with Difficult Situations.” An excerpt from Chapter 1 of this book says, “Well, the truth is that God gives us a whole set of problems to deal with, not because He doesn’t like us but because He wants us to develop and mature in His ways.” Of course he explained this quite expertly with examples from the Bible in his book, which we would encourage you to read in order to get a full picture of God’s plan for these difficult situations, and the processes involved in triumphing over them, such as, engaging accurately, and understanding the sovereignty of God. Let’s also continue to whet your appetite for this book by engaging you in an honest and frank discussion with the following questions in mind.
Do you believe that God allowed these situations to occur? If so, then why?
How did I respond in the midst of them?
How have these situations changed me?