Over The Hump

Over The Hump
This is a note from an unknown author. But
he or she knew what they were talking about.
Please read the references in 1-5.
Allow today’s note to help you over the HUMP!

The problems you face will either defeat you or
develop you – depending on how you respond
to them.
Unfortunately, most people fail to see how
God wants to use problems for good in their
lives. They react foolishly and resent their
problems rather than pausing to consider what
benefit they might bring.
Here are five ways God wants to use the
problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you.
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to
get you moving. Problems often point us in a
new direction and motivate us to change. Is
God trying to get your attention? Sometimes
it takes a painful situation to make us change
our ways.
Proverbs 20:30

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you.
People are like tea bags…if you want to know
what’s inside them, just drop them into hot
water!  Has God tested your faith with a
problem?  What do problems reveal about you?
When you have many kinds of troubles, you
should be full of joy, because you know that
these troubles test your faith and this will give
you patience.
James 1:2-3

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and
failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents
told you not to touch a hot stove. But you
probably learned by being burned. Sometimes
we only learn the value of something…health,
money, a relationship… by losing it.  It was
the best thing that could have happened to
me, for it taught me to pay attention to your
Psalm 119:71-72

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you.
A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it
prevents you from being harmed by something
more serious. Last year a friend was fired for
refusing to do something unethical that his
boss had asked him to do. His unemployment
was a problem – but it saved him from being
convicted and sent to prison a year later when
management’s actions were eventually
discovered. You intended to harm me, but
God intended it for good…
Genesis 50:20

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you.
Problems, when responded to correctly, are
character builders. God is far more interested
in your character than your comfort.Your
relationship to God and your character are the
only two things you’re going to take with you
into eternity.
We can rejoice when we run into problems…
they help us learn to be patient. And patience
develops strength of character in us and helps
us trust God more each time we use it until
finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.
Romans 5:3-4

Here’s the point:

God is at work in your life – even when you do
not recognize it or understand it. But it’s much
easier and profitable when you cooperate with

Success can be measured not only in
achievements, but in lessons learned, lives
touched and moments shared along the way.



  1. Posted November 21, 2006 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Amen, our God is sovereign, he knows just what we need and just how and when to send it. We should welcome our trials and tribulations right along with the bountiful blessings He has set on us.


  2. Posted November 21, 2006 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    God certainly is sovereign.

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