Romans 5.3-4 (TLB), “We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials for we know ... they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust GOD more each time...”
What is the result of problems and trials? GOD wants you to learn something. That’s the whole purpose for the problems and difficulties you're facing. Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. GOD wants to teach you through your troubles. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty is for your development. GOD says, “I want you to learn something from this difficulty” – that’s the purpose, the result.
Most of us are slow learners. Most of us have had to learn something more than once. If you don't learn something GOD will bring it again in your life. It will come back. GOD is more interested in your character than HE is in your comfort. GOD is more interested in making you change to be more like CHRIST than HE is in making things easy for you. You never graduate from the school of hard knocks. GOD allows difficulties.
Does GOD have a word for you while you’re going through your difficulty? Absolutely. GOD brought you here to the Front Porch today so HE could say this to you, “Don't give up. Grow up.” That’s what GOD wants to do through that difficulty. HE doesn’t want you to give up, HE wants you to grow up. HE wants you to mature, develop, become more and more like the person HE wants you to be.
Just a thought from the front porch…