Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:
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 (GN)
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 ever 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 (NCV)
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 and 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 laws." Psalm 119:71-72 (LB)
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 (NIV)
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 (LB)
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 Him. Print this out and read this regularly. Some of you could probably use this right now!'
I think maybe, God, allowed me to get Prostate Cancer (PC), last Summer (2017), to protect me! Let me give you my thoughts, on this:
I, like most men, unless they have nearly zero testosterone (T) coursing through their veins, are constantly in a state of lust of the flesh, which severly effects one's thoughts! And, if cancer had not happened to me, I may have been seduced by Satan's minions.
I heard a researcher say that, all males, are subject to a large surge of T, early in the morning, followed by an hourly small dose of T, the remainder of the day. Consequently, ours brains are almost constantly subject to thoughts of sex. This is made worse in today's rapidly declining moral state of affairs. We are constantly besieged by nudity or near nudity, in TV commercials, shows and movies, and radio and TV commercials about ED products. Even at the church, I USED to attend, the Pastor was allowing women and their teenage daughters, to show cleavage! We men, even with the Holy Spirit, are almost like male dogs, when it comes to sex, ready for it at all times! And when it comes to this corrupt world's obsession with sex, we are very easely corrupted by it. And with the Internet, pornography, is just a click away on connected devices.
So, I prayed to the Lord to take this lust away from me! And you know what prostate cancer primarially maintains itself with? Testesterone! So, not only surgery and or radiation (or both) are necessary, but, commonly hormone treatment (ADT) is, also, required to remove the T to almost zero levels. Well, when the T is lowered, guess what happens to the "sex" drive? It drastically reduces and the ability to perform, along with it. In some ways it makes us more like women. At the age of 70, the desire had somewhat lessened anyway, but as long as the T is there, it is always in the mind.
So, now I am free of it, for at least 2 years, while I am on ADT. Will I eventually die of PC? Only God knows and if He wills it, so be it! To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! Statistically, however, this will probably not happen because PC is the slowest growing cancer of all and men usually die of something else, especially if it is treated fairly early in it's progression. So, now I am virtually free of lust and can spend more time trying to do God's Will. Is this why I got PC? Only He knows but I am not bitter about it and still want to spread God's Word, anyway I can!