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Jesus and your problems, part 3

September 15, 2014

Grace to you! The last two weeks we’ve looked at how problems affect us, especially in the area of temptation. Problems often tempt us to turn from Christ. Let’s look at our study verse once again: 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

So what is the Lord’s intention in us facing all these problems? In short, problems help reveal our hearts. Not so that God will know. But so that we will know really what’s in our own hearts! Often we think we know ourselves. Who else lives with us more than ourselves?! The Lord knows our own hearts better than we do! Although He knows, the Lord uses problems to reveal to us how much our hearts really trust Him. How much do we sincerely treasure Him above everything, even life itself? (See Revelation 12:11) Problems are the furnace that burns away the dross and brings to the surface any impurities that might be hiding deep within even we may not even have known! God puts us into the refiner’s fire through ordaining problems so our true allegiance will be shown. He even tells us this is His goal. Proverbs 17:3 “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests hearts.”

There is something interesting to consider here. The same problem presents us with a two sided dilemma. From God’s standpoint, it is a test to see if we will love Him no matter what. Do we love Him more than the greatest problem we face? Or do we only love Him for how comfortable He makes our lives? Do we love the Giver or His gifts more? How we respond to problems will be the test God uses to show us our hearts.

The other side of the dilemma is that Satan will use the same problem to tempt us to evil. He will tempt us to think God does not love me because of the problem(s) I’m experiencing. Or, that God does not hear my pleas for relief. Satan may also tempt us to believe that the problem is either too big for God to handle or not big enough for Him to pay attention to since He has a universe to run. But these are all lies! No problem comes our way without first coming through the sovereign, loving, nail-pierced hands of Christ. Besides revealing our heart’s true love for God or not, are there any other purposes to our problems? We’ll look at those next week!

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