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Problems? Take the God Challenge

I was very challenged today by my devotional reading in Jesus Calling. The entry focused on how we approach problems when they arise. Our human tendency is to get upset. panic or worry, and become distrusting of God. We question why problems have to happen or even become angry when they do. The last thing most of us do is thank God for the difficulty and trust Him to work good out of it. Yet, that is exactly what the Word of God says.

Remember the Andre Crouch song, Through It All?


“I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I’d never had a problem,
I wouldn’t know God could solve them,
I’d never know what faith in God could do.”

Do we thank God for the valleys? Do we trust that God uses EVERYTHING in our lives to bring about His good? Do we see problems as transforming possibilities?

Do we take a step and actually befriend our problems as Sarah Young (Jesus Calling) suggests. Name the problem, thank God for it and then trust God to bring good from it. She doesn’t say God will remove all our problems, but does believe that God uses all our problems to do work in us. This position is grounded in Romans 8:28–We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose (AMP).

So today, if you face a relationship problem, are you befriending the problem? Are you giving it to God and trusting Him to work it for your good? Are you trusting His wisdom? Let’s take the challenge and see what God does.


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Harold and Bea

    Well done Linda. Good graphic to use your good books in that way for a double dose of good.
    Your blog work is right up to date and so very practical.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment GBEMISOYE TIJANI

    The pastoral guide of both DR L.MINTLE & SARAH JOHN will go well as a good seed but one needs to be faithfully grounded in one MYSTERY MASTER
    EG.Christ Jesus too be able to fertilize the seed of knowledge with that mystery engineer,doctor,solution manager of problems called an unstaggered heart faith.Though Abraham & David & other men & women of faith
    in the book of books +the widow of Sarephat ,the 3 Hebrews cast to the inferno -contemporary believers of faith have been proving that TRUST IN GOD RO 8:32 as elsewhere amplified Ps287 can show that faith can move mountains as well as penetrate a seemingly impossible heart of men/women to change for good or preferred relations.But how else can modern believers enhance KONOINIA-INTIMACY WITH GOD as as well as acknowledge pastors & disciplers Should pastors/deacons WHO ENCOURAGED be
    appreciated or resounded in testimonies or better still also secretly pray for pastors writers continuing anointing & growth in the Lord?

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