Two ways to respond to trouble like a Christian
Let me begin by telling you something you already know: In your life there will be hardships, there will be trials, there will be tears and there is no way to avoid them.
You do not avoid the troubles of life by being a Christian. (John 16:33) Jesus warned of great difficulty in this life!
Since problems in life are inevitable, tackle them head on and use them to your advantage. Endure, stick with it, and maintain a Christ-like attitude despite it all.
When trials come along you can be sure of two things:
1)The devil is trying to destroy you.
2)And God is trying to develop you.
You may rebel against God. You may resist Him. You may resent your problems, but problems have a purpose. God will use adverse circumstances to grow character in you.(Romans 8:28)
Many times, circumstances are the anvil on which your soul is formed and constructed. While you wait for that to happen, here are two responses you can have to the trouble in your life:
The first thing to do is request that God help you in your problem. Pray and ask for help. Request big. Request specific. Put words to your requests. You may find its not such a big problem.
Don’t complain, explain. Ask for help. Ask for wisdom. So you know what gets people into trouble? Our mouths! Pray that you will be able to have control of your tongue.
Coolidge said, “I never had to apologize for something I didn’t say.”
“Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” (George Sala).
Ask God for wisdom so you can learn everything you need to learn through this problem. That way he won’t have to bring it around again.
Ask to be a quick learner. Who knows what God might do through your problems and disappointments!
If you’ve got problems, be happy. Don’t think of your problems as intrusions, welcome them as friends. God’s purpose is much bigger than those problems.
Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Pastor Taylor Camerer of Great Island Presbyterian Church, Lock Haven.