Summary: Solving Problems God’s Way: Part 5 The Benefits of Problems
Solving Problems God’s Way: Part 5 The Benefits of Problems
A minister was preaching about the benefits of living as healthy a life as possible. He decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
The first worm in alcohol - Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead.
Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead.
Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation - What can you learn from this demonstration?
A little old woman in the back quickly raised her hand and said, "As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!"
* That wasn’t the benefit the preacher was wanting to get across.
* It may sound impossible, but if we respond correctly to our problems we can actually benefit from them.
* Most of us want quick solutions to our problems, but God wants to make sure that all His disciplines for character development in us and those around us are accomplished before He removes our problems.
* People try different means to escape their problems – alcohol, drugs (legal & illegal), reading, workaholic.
* Some say “If I could just go somewhere else!” - circumstances are not the problem.
* God is also more concerned that the right procedure be followed in solving the problems than that the problems are actually resolved.
* We want to get out from under the pressure of our problems, but God wants to use that pressure to motivate us to a greater level of spirituality than we would otherwise have achieved.
* Often our present problems are the results of past disobedience. Now God is using these problems to apply the pressures we need for complete obedience.
* If we fail to gain these benefits from our present problem, He will only have to raise up new problems.
* “Benefits” of problems – it almost sounds like a contradiction!
* The word “problem” carries the idea of something bad or perplexing.
* Webster – 1) a question raised for inquiry, consideration, or solution. 2) a source of perplexity, distress, or vexation
* So you may ask, “How can anything good come out of this problem?” “What benefit is there to my problems?”
Let’s think about 4 benefits to our problems today.
1. The benefit of receiving more grace from God. James 4:6
* Nothing is more humbling than experiencing conflicts we cannot solve, especially when others know about our problems. But it is this very experience that God uses to break our pride and give us grace.
* Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
* God "gives" more grace… implies something you didn’t have before.