Who wants problems? Try thinking about problems differently: An ongoing problem can be like a tutor…a teacher that is always by your side. Your learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be “teachable”. The bottom line here is whether or not you can trust God to use the difficulties in your life for goodness. Be alert to a mentality of entitlement. God actually promises us the opposite when he tells us in John 16:33 that we will have trouble in this world. If you want to learn all that your God has prepared for you…then you must accept his teaching methods. The more humble you are, the more teachable you are…the more teachable and flexible you are, the more you learn…the more you learn, the better you’ll understand life…the more you understand, the easier life is….the easier life is, the more you’ll glorify God…the more you glorify God, the more peace, contentment, and fulfillment you have as you achieve the mind of Christ.
Remember today that God is the potter and you are the clay.
How flexible are you willing to be in His skillful hands?
I come to you with embarrassment as I confess that I really don’t like this tutor at all. What I really want is to have my problems taken away, I want to run away from my problems…Haven’t I spent enough time with this teacher? Isn’t there a simpler less painful way to learn?
Father God, I pray to you to help me trust You more, to trust that You intend my problems for something good…to transform me. I will try beginning today to see my problems as blessings in disguise which are stepping stones to my gradual transformation into Your likeness…depending on You, developing Your perspective, and understanding what is really important to You. Help me this day; empower me be a Lighthouse, reflecting Your light to others with ever-increasing Glory.
I pray in the name of Jesus – AMEN
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.