James 1:2-3 “…when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”
You are going to have problems. If you don’t have problems, check your pulse. It is a fact of life that problems will come. Jesus said, “In the world, you will have problems.”
You might ask why a child of God would have problems. The answer would be, “You live in a fallen world. Problems are all around. The devil likes to come at you with anything that will cause you to stumble. But, in the book of James, it says consider the problems you face to be an opportunity for growth. You are not alone in your problems. God wants you to recognize that and to call on Him.
That is what the Israelites failed to do so often. They looked to other things when troubles came. They wanted to return to bondage in Egypt when the going got tough. They turned to a golden calf idol to solve their problems. God wanted them to turn to Him.
We seldom can anticipate problems. We don’t plan for that flat tire late at night on a dark unknown road, much less car troubles in the middle of interstate early morning traffic. Problems are unplanned and unpredictable. Have you ever run out of paint in the middle of a room and tried to match the shade of paint?
There are many different shades of problems. No two people’s problems are exactly alike, because people aren’t exactly alike, nor their circumstances in life.
Take heart. God knows your circumstances and your problems. Romans 8:28 “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”