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The Good in Problems

In Genesis 50:20, God brought out something good from Joseph brothers’ evil deed, Potiphar’s wife’s false accusation, the cup bearer’s forgetfulness, and even from the seven years of famine. We can see from Joseph’s life experience how God brings out good from troubles/problems for those who trust him. Being successful does not rid you of your problems or being good. Neither does being good and being nice to everyone. In many cases, it actually creates more problems.

The truth is, problems challenge our mind and spirit. Problems force us to think of new ideas. They force us, as individuals, to grow, encourage, resolve, be determined and be more grateful. Problems/troubles teach us the most valuable lessons and make us into better person.

If everything comes so easily to us, we would become complacent, weak and ungrateful. Many of us will keep doing the same things over and over, staying in our comfort zone, stop learning and stop growing. Do you trust God enough to wait patiently for him to bring out the good from your troubles and problems, like He did in the life of Joseph?

I will close with the following quote from Steve Maraboli who opined that, “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

Prayer: Father, help me to wait patiently for you. I know you are bringing a good thing out of my situation. Give me the grace to see and understand that.

Pastor Jude Akinleyimu

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