Got Any Problems, Pains, Impossible Situations?
It does seem they are common to everyone. And if we don’t have one right now all we have to do is wait a few days and something will come up.
So how do we as children of God, Christ’s own followers face those things?
Here is something to consider. It is from the book of Romans.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5 (NLT)
We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials. That seems, well, a bit crazy, but then he goes on to explain. It is those tough things that helps us develop the way we should. We can, of course, fight and fume and force things to go our way and miss what God has in mind with this. Oh, but when we develop endurance there is more to follow. Strength of character. A habit of life that is good and honorable and pleasing to God. And we can begin to flow in a new way. Our defaults get reset God’s way. That leads to confident hope of salvation. An assurance of deliverance from the storms that may have torn us apart before but cannot any longer. Salvation from the life we once lived with all our problems and pains and impossible situations. Those storms smashed against us and tossed into the rocks and threatened to pull us down, but no more. Jesus saves. We can enter the storms confident in Him of making it through and of developing more character as He is at work in and through us.
This hope will not lead to disappointment. Not at all. He has changed everything. He will not fail. He has already achieved the impossible. The problems, pains and impossible situations are opportunities for Him to prove Himself again and again and for us to get better at trusting Him time after time. So, rejoice when you run into problems and trials.
And know this…really deep down know this…God loves you so much. He places in you in each of us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. It runs from the unlimited source of love into our hearts filling us with love. Not love of our own making or relying on our own ability or our own idea of love, but God’s love. From head to toe and from fingertip to fingertip He fills us with His love. He wants us to know we belong, that we are important to Him, that He has better in mind for us than we could possibly imagine.
Sound good? What if a person kept shutting down God’s love in their heart? What would result from running into problems and getting upset and blaming and getting more and more angry instead of rejoicing? No endurance, a failing character, and a lack of confidence in what Christ has done which leads to disappointment in God. You have probably seen it around. It isn’t a pretty sight.
Let God’s love bust out. Allow Him access to your heart. Let Him fill you with His love. Trust Him to do what is right for you regardless of the problems, pains and impossible situations that come. He will not disappoint.