The Purpose of the problem
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.”
“… that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”
1. Every Problem has a Purpose:
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
“No temptation (adversity, problem) has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
2. Biblical Examples: Joseph, Job, and Paul
a. Joseph – Genesis 50:20
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
b. Job – Job 23:10
“But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”
c. Paul Trusted in God’s Power – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
The purpose of your problem is not to defeat you but to promote you into a position of power.
The Path of Least Resistance is the Wrong path.
“Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, ‘Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.’ So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.” [NKJV]
If you are afraid of a battle, you will always look for the path of least resistance and wander in the wilderness when you could be enjoying the promised land.
Some of the greatest experiences of your life will be when you choose to step out of your comfort zone and do what you have never done before.
The beginning of your success is the end of your comfort zone.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”