Feeling God’s Love During Your Problems

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My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord, (His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial); neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof. For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12

Do you ever feel like the Lord must really love you…. A LOT? Does your life feel like it’s problem after problem, like you’re constantly being corrected, with no end in sight?

Some people seem to drift through their lives effortlessly and problem-free….at least that’s how it appears from the outside. But that’s rarely the case. We tend to keep things locked behind closed doors, so we can maintain our near-perfect example that we are supposed to be setting for others. But in doing so, are we fooling ourselves? We’re certainly not fooling God, He sees and knows everything.

We all will experience problems and correction at some point, but those aren’t necessarily the same thing. Some problems just, well, happen. I know, as Christians, when we allow God to control our lives then He allows the problem, but I don’t think every problem is a correction from God. Lots of them are…but not all.

After all, a problem is a problem, whether it’s correction from God, a result of bad choices on our part, or even random circumstances that we have no control over. So how do we determine the difference, does it really matter, and what should we do about it?

  • Does your problem have sin in it? If your problem is associated with sin, it might be a form of correction from God.

I hear counsel receive instruction, and accept correction, that I may be wise in the time to come. Proverbs 19:20

  • Have you prayed about it? When you have a problem in your life, the circumstances of it sometimes overwhelm you…even to the point that you forget to do what should come naturally and that’s to pray. Ask God if this problem is sent by Him, and if there is anything you need to do on your part to overcome it or deal with it.

In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self. Psalm 138:3

  • If God shows you something you need to do, then ACT! Often times the answer is right in front of our faces, but we don’t really want to do what we need to do to help the situation, so we keep asking God to intervene, hoping we can wish the problem away. If you clearly see a way out or a way to help fix your problem, then quit talking about it and take action.

I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. Philippians 4:13

  • Trust God with the rest. Maybe you’re not supposed to figure it all out, maybe God just wants you to trust Him. But don’t be upset because you have problems, because after all, that means you’re loved by God…and that’s not a bad place to be, problems or not.

I lean on, trust in, and am confident in the Lord with all my heart and mind and I do not rely on my own insight or understanding. In all my ways I know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He directs and makes straight and plain my paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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