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Trust God to Use Your Problems for Good

“We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT)

None of us are exempt from suffering. We all experience loneliness, criticism, discouragement, and mistreatment. Why does God allow these things to happen to us? It's because God is developing the character of Christ within us, and in order to do that, He must take us through the circumstances in life that He took Jesus through. Did Jesus suffer? Was Jesus sometimes lonely? Was he tempted to be discouraged? Was He misunderstood, maligned and criticized unjustly? Of course!

Does this mean God causes tragedies? No. God is good. He will not cause evil or do evil. But God can use dark and stressful times for your good. He'll use them to teach you to trust Him: “We stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God.” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT)

He'll use them to show you how to help others: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT) And He'll use them to draw you closer to other believers: “You are helping us by praying for us... many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers.” (2 Corinthians 1:11 NLT)

So how can expect the best from God when you’re going through difficult times?

• In faith, refuse to be discouraged, knowing that God is for you. • In faith, believe God is with you and working things out for your good. • In faith, rely on God’s protection and guidance.

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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