Monday, October 31, 2005

the problem is...

We look at problems as a thing that holds us back.

As an event that makes us weak.

As something that would manifest how bad we can be.

I disagree.

I believe that problems-

1. Makes us strong.


You have heard this before, but what I want to emphasize on is the idea that ‘strength is
NOT measured by how you stood up or how you voice out your beliefs’.

From what I understood ‘strength is best demonstrated through obedience’.

Obeying is a very rare character for an individual, it is very natural for a person to be rebellious specially if things would not go his way, but being obedient is a VIRTUE.

How hard is it to just stand there follow God’s will while you are being bombarded with problems, problems that you feel you do not deserve?

How hard is it to just be still when you know that you have every opportunity to manipulate things in your favor?

And worst how hard is it to follow orders from the ‘boss’, orders that you think will not work for you?

Those scenario makes you strong.

2. It makes us happy.

I am not insane.

It is true.

Try to grasp this.

If God gives you problems, this mean that He cares for you because He wants you to know how resilient your faith is.

He does not give you problems to test your faith.

He already know it.

He made you, remember?

But on the other hand, YOU do not know the extent of your faith.

It is for you and you alone.

So that you may find out how faithful you are and also realize where your faith is placed.

Don’t you find it liberating every time there are problems that will be solved in His name.

Doesn't that make you appreciate the state when you DON'T have any problems?

Does that not make you happy?

3. It allow God to move into our lives.

The biggest solution that one can provide in solving his problem is surrender.

How hard is it for an individual to say ‘Lord, go ahead…your will be done’pretty hard huh?

But we must realize that God wants us to stop and enjoy life, sometimes we are so caught up with what we want that we forget what life is all about and worst we forget Him.

4. It tests our faith.

Of course, the best avenue to test our faith in God is through problems, sometimes I admire the faith demonstrated by people, if only they know where to place it.

Our faith should not be placed on people, events or things.

Worst your faith should NOT be ‘faith in faith’ it should be ‘faith in God’.

I encounter people that would say ‘hindi kaya natin ito’…it would be better if it would be ‘hindi kaya natin ito…if it is God’s will’

5. It brings wisdom.

Everybody desires to be wisdom-full (just like Yoda).

To have the ability to comprehend and analyze complex problems.

But remember that God gave you wisdom out of training, through the problems you have encountered so that you would be a blessing to other people.

Do not deprive them of that, make use of God’s gift.

Palagay nyo paanong naging matalino si yoda? through reading?

Come on!

Youhave seen Yoda fight!

The bottom line is let us enjoy the problems we have.

I know that you think that there is something terribly wrong with my statement.

I know that would be hard but keep this in mind.

But believe me you will get something beneficial from it.

We can look at it in two perspective-

First, if it is from God, he wants us to be better in all areas, and how good is it to realize that we are having this battle side by side with God

Second, if it is from the enemy I believe it is a signal that we perform God’s task efficiently because we are becoming a threat to the dark side (naks!).

Let me leave you with this scripture-

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you maybe mature and complete, not lacking anything.
james 1:2-4

Grace Bible Church