This morning I talked with our students about problems. Every teenager goes through different types of problems - the most common ones, in their opinions, were loneliness, peer pressure, relationships with the opposite sex, temptation to use drugs or alcohol, and difficulties at home and/or with their parents.
I brought up that there are two types of problems every human being faces:
- Problems that we CAN do something about. By changing a habit, behavior, or taking some kind of an action, making a difference is within our ability, albeit with the grace and strength of God to guide us.
- Problems that we can NOT do anything about. These are problems that, for whatever reason, are out of our control. Perhaps we are victims of circumstance or environment or maybe we're just stuck in the situation we're in with no "out".
Whatever type of problems we are facing - ones that are inside or outside of our control - the Bible says that God will comfort us in the midst of our storms. I encouraged our students (and would love to encourage you) to remember that God comforts us in the midst of problems for two reasons:
- To prove Himself as "the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort". To get the glory He deserves as a never-ending source of strength and peace.
- To shape and prepare us for future ministry. If we are aware of this - that God comforts us in our struggles so that we can comfort others - it makes getting through the valleys much more bearable and even gives us a sense of purpose as we walk through them.
Are there problems in your life you are asking God to help you sort through? Maybe some of this will help you. Leave a comment on this post sharing your story or how I could pray for you!