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God and Problems
Charles Stanley Talking About Problems
God Is In Control
This world is full of heartaches, tears, losses and fears. We are living on a sin-cursed earth and problems abound. Things like poverty, disease and man's inhumanity to his fellow man can be seen everywhere . We are constantly confronted with wars and rumors of wars. This once proud country is falling apart at the seams. Our national debt is out of control. Families are falling apart. And we are probably more divided now than at any other time in our history, with the possible exception of the Civil War.
There is a general uneasiness in our culture. We know that something needs to change, but most have no idea what can be done. Add to that the personal problems that each of us has, and it becomes a recipe for worry and fear. In the midst of all of this is God. He doesn't sit in the heavens wondering what will happen next. He doesn't fret over the situations that befall us in this universe. In fact, no matter what may happen, He uses it to advance His Kingdom and glory. There is absolutely nothing that can happen to you and me except that which God has allowed to occur by His gracious hand.
I. Dealing With Sin's Consequences
Don't get me wrong, God doesn't cause sin, or it's results. They are the natural consequences of a misuse of man's free will that the Lord gave the creatures created in His image. In order to create a universe where man can freely worship his creator, there has to be an allowance for the possibility of rebellion and its repercussions. However, the Lord takes the broken pieces of life, that are beyond human hope, and makes them into a masterpiece of His grace. He makes something beautiful and noble out of something ugly and base. The completion of this masterpiece, may not be seen totally in this life. However, eternity will unveil it in it's fullest form.
II. The Best is Yet to Come
Indeed, for the Christian, no matter what he or she may be going through, our best days are always ahead of us. The Bible tells us that: "....the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18). Scripture also tells us that: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him" (I Corinthians 2:9). So hang in there! The best is yet to come!
III. God's Purpose for Us
Along with the understanding of God's control or sovereignty, and a knowledge of our bright future in glory, we must also realize that the Lord has a purpose for each of us here on this earth. With that in mind we understand that problems are not roadblocks, or insurmountable objects, but things that are there to make us stronger, conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ. It was A.W. Tozer that wrote: "It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly, unless He has hurt him deeply." When looked at from this perspective, we understand that the greater the hurt, the more the Lord is able to eventually use us to make a great impact on this world for His Kingdom.
When it comes right down to it, none of us really like problems. We want to talk to God like our Lord Jesus spoke with the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane: "Oh my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me." However, it takes real maturity and understanding to finish that prayer: "Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." It is my hope that everyone who reads this article will start to see their problems less from a temporary, earthly perspective, and more from an eternal, heavenly one. For in the scope of the eternal, this life that we lead is merely a vapor. May we listen each day for the Father's still small voice telling us: "Hold on my child. There is something greater ahead. Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning." And what a great and glorious morning that will be!