July 2016 7 Promises of God to Remember His Love For Us. Yet, it is altogether too easy to find ourselves filling life with times of christian songs, bible readings, and even prayer, while missing true communion with Himself. But God, in His wisdom, grace, and love, has provided a way to redeem those hard times in our lives: He uses them to help us grow. January 2017 December 2017 We must embrace the uncertain ground, knowing that in this field and in the next, and in the one after that, we will grow and learn. There are countless verses in Scripture that refer to the ways that God provides for us. I am reminded of the way God cares for us. And when hard times do come, turn to Him and ask Him to use them to help you grow in your faith. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” – Rita Mero. If you look back at the lives of the prophets—from Moses to Elijah to Jonah—it is clear that their lives were often lived in the uncertainty. His plans will not be thwarted and his people will not be overcome. At the right time, God can do anything instantly. God nudged them to unknown places—from wildernesses, to mountain tops, to foreign cities—but he was there each step along the way. We all have to grow. And He often uses hard times to get our attention. If God didn’t nudge us along into the unknown, we would never experience the joy of others coming to Christ, of our relationships with him growing. Most of us think about what we will become, as a job… a veterinarian, police officer, teacher… maybe president? He knows the difficult life ahead, just like this mother cow, but he wants us to enjoy our time in the green pasture nonetheless (Psalm 23). Don’t forget to also read these motivational survival quotes that will help get through the tough times. How does God help us grow? July 2018 March 2018 April 2018 But God's plan is for us to bounce back, get in the driver's seat, then go pick up other hurting people who are under the bus. spreading the gospel through church planting, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. In the case of the apostle Paul, God protected him from pride and taught him to depend on Christ (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). However, I want you to know that not only can our faith grow in times of challenge, but we can discover great joy through trials (some of my favorite Bible verses about joy echo this truth).. May 2018 Every trial God sends, even our daily frustrations are meant to test us and grow us stronger. December 2016 Let’s look at some important Bible verses: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:16).” On the day of salvation I will help you” ( Isaiah 49:8 NCV). Suffering is often how God shows us himself. 4. I’ve learned in my years of walking with Jesus that there are 5 reasons why God allows us to go through hard times. August 2016 June 2017 And when that happens, we need to ask God to help our faith grow. Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. It may be hard to hear these words, and I know from experience, that they are even harder to live. @Kids Church: God uses hard times to help us be more like Him. This is the goal of the Christian, and everything in life, including the trials and tribulations, is designed to enable us to reach that goal. God knows our way, and we are only passing through. All rights reserved. September 2018 As I have reflected over the events of the past few days and months I was drawn to the first chapter of James. Tough times prove ourselves to God and they build our relationship with Him. We must stand up and walk, even run, like that day-old calf. February 2020 22. October 2019 We wouldn’t see the pierced hands of Christ for what they really are—redemption, relationship, and the freedom to know God. Learn to grow, finds its way, Make the best of this short-lived stay.” —José Gonzaleź, “Every Age”. And we cannot do so when we are stagnant. God gave the prophets the words to say and the provision they needed (e.g., 1 Kings 17; Jonah 4:6–7; Exodus 16). Think about Jesus, who suffered severe hardship. 1. Your body was transforming. So how does the Bible help us grow? But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2–4 LEB). It affected our physical bodies, bringing sickness and death into the world. God not only allows Himself to be found by us, He desires it. is possible for any of us. August 2017 If I want God to use me for big things, I must pass the little tests. Martha had a choice to make when Jesus let Lazarus die. God is going to reveal Himself in your situation but when your eyes are focused on the problem it becomes harder to see Him. March 2020 Nahum 1:7 "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. January 2019 God is always with us. God Uses Time to Help You Grow By Rick Warren “At the right time I will hear your prayers. Isaiah 59:19 "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.". Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Proud member Accept the challenge to obey God's command to grow - 2Pe 3:18 b. January 2020 April 2019 February 2019 Growth often means pain. If God says it is in his will to move along—if he nudges our heart—we should do so (Luke 9:62). “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. Suffering is part of the call to serve Jesus: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 LEB). Inspiration from Jesus’ Economy, a Nonprofit that Created Jobs & Churches 2012–20. This Bible study post was originally published in 2012 and updated in 2020. He nudges us along. God can be missed in these things when He is not sought for Himself, but only treated as a means to an end. We will come out “as gold,” tested, tried, and true. And growth without pain is an oxymoron. None of us likes to go through hard times (and God isn’t necessarily behind them, even if He does allow them). But when trials come, they often drive us to our knees in search of answers and comfort. And if there is a need for us to learn a lesson, He’ll take advantage of our mistakes to help us grow. 17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. God uses all of these relationships to teach us important life lessons and to help us grow in Him. And in the uncertainty, God made that happen. Reason #1: To Glorify God. "But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." And growth without pain is an oxymoron. June 2018 “Every age has its turn. November 2017 Sometimes this growth comes in the form of encouragement. Believe we are capable of growing with God's help - Php 4:13 c. Set both behavioral and functional goals as described in the Scriptures 1) Striving to develop Christ-like behavior - 2Pe 1:5-8 2) Seeking to determine and develop our function in the body of Christ - Ro 12:3-5 d. Knowing the future sounds wonderful, but it would ruin the present. See the book, Jesus’ Economy. It caused us to rebel against Him and engage in denial and self-deception. If God is for us who can be against us? At JesusEconomy.com, people can shop fair trade and align their giving with their passion. 1. 100% goes where the donor designates, every time — to causes such as spreading the gospel through church planting and empowering women through job creation. It would live a life that was boring, sad, and stagnant. June 2019 Every branch of the tree has to learn. September 2016 And in the uncertainty, God made that happen. Yet the uncertainty of life often overwhelms us. Regardless of the reasons you are going through adversity, be strong and patient because the Lord will help you. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. November 2016 February 2018 May 2017 October 2018 God tells us to fix our eyes on Him. God is an incredible provider. John's new book is Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. The Lord sends adversity to help us, not to hurt us. The good that has come from trials. There is definitely an appropriate time to grieve after a loss or tragedy, but we just don't want to get stuck there. But God can use them to show us our weaknesses. April 2017 by John D. Barry, founder of Jesus' Economy. July 2017 It will draw us closer to God. Ultimately, I believe that God is after a deeper relationship with us. Trials are more than simply unavoidable aspects of life. August 2019 Here are 4 signs God is at work in the chaos of COVID-19. The future is only God’s to behold (compare Ecclesiastes 8:7). In Isaiah 60:22 , God says, “I am the Lord, and when it is time, I will make these things happen quickly” (NCV). Thank God that He will never abandon you, no matter what comes your way. God’s purpose for allowing pain is to achieve something good. Seven Ways God Uses Tough Times to Shape Our Lives By William D. Black New Life Ministries. September 2019 But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times (even finding joy through trials!) This is how faith is; it is often like growing pains. March 2019 Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute known for spiritual retreat and personal growth, shares her own story of loss as well as the journeys of those she has encountered through her work. Here’s a Bible study that will help you look at your trial in a way that will help you grow. We know why suffering should be counted as joy, because it will change us for the better. Hard times is part of life ,but God is giving us assurance in Romans 8:28 that ALL things will work altogether for good to those who love Him. God Allows Suffering to Bring Us Closer to Him. March 2017 He cares for those who trust in him…" Think of your growing pains as a child—that summer when your legs hurt so bad that you couldn’t seem to drink enough milk. Not to make us writhe about in pain and suffering, but to show us a better way (1 Cor 12:31). Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Even physically painful. I then see its mother, nudging it forward. John D. Barry is a Bible scholar and the CEO of Jesus’ Economy, an innovative non-profit creating jobs and churches in the developing world. It isn’t always about you. Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel: God uses hard times to help us grow Bible Reading: 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 5. It separated us from our Creator and our true nature. The Bible tells us … Watching the day-old calf frolic across the field—full of life and hope—I am filled with joy. The prophets had to learn and grow. This fall marred the original design of God’s creation in many ways. June 2016, Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel: God uses hard times to help us grow. Someone says a kind word or prays with us during a difficult time. I want God to trust me with his big tasks, but God doesn’t give us the big tasks without testing us in the little things. December 2018 January 2018 Keeping faith in God during hard times can be extremely difficult.. 11/8/09 - God can use hard times to help me grow Even if you are experiencing hard times time right now, the Lord will turn those situations to your advantage if they trust him Memory Verse: We know that God is always at work for the good of those who loves him –Romans 8:28 Or perhaps they challenge our thinking during a Bible study session. What do you want to be when you grow up? 2. JesusEconomy.com. THE GROWTH WE DESIRE. Here are seven promises to remind us that God will bring good from the storms we face: 1. Salem Media Group. Suffering is often how God shows us himself. Quotes about getting through hard times. - Job 23:10. He may be trying to correct us or produce godly character in us. (Genesis 29:16-17) Sermon Outline A. Jacob goes to Laban 1. The prophets had to learn and grow. And oftentimes he must take something away to help us trust him alone, even if at times it feels like we’ve received a death sentence (2 Corinthians 1:8–11). February 2017 December 2019 She could have been upset and angry with God, or she could continue to use her hardship to cling closer to … When things are going great we are not so quick to turn to Him. Genesis 3 tells the story of mankind’s fall from grace. Other times, however, relational growth can be difficult. The comfort we can have in trials. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. In the first 13 verses we are given some understanding of the purpose of trials that come our way. ... On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. More Stories Knowing the future sounds wonderful, but it would ruin the present. “Hard times always lead to something great.” – Betsey Johnson. It might seem hard, but remember God is on your side. Published August 26, 2008 Kids Church, This Week with NEXTgeneration Kids Leave a Comment. It’s easier said than done but rejoice in your hard times by looking for the Lord in your situation. God is good to give us the greatest gift he can give us, which is more of himself. He helps us to grow by giving us challenges that are beyond our skill set. Bible verses about hard times. They are part of God’s plan. Excruciating. The Psalm 37 message teaches us to delight in the Lord, it reminds us of the ultimate fate of both the wicked and those who choose to follow God, it reassures us that the Lord is fighting for us, but most important, it shows us exactly how to trust God in difficult times. of Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many" (2 Corinthians 1:8-11). Even in the midst of chaos, make no mistake, God is at work. Sometimes we would love to pray away, prophesy away or rebuke away these challenges, but God actually sent them to accomplish a purpose. So this passage speaks to us to help us in our time of trial when we need understanding and comfort. But when lived, these words will transform us. October 2016 When Life is Hard: A Bible Study on Trials. As in all things, God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). In my studies over the years, I’ve discovered some quotes that are positively life-transforming. Without that pain, you wouldn’t be who you are today. An alright self-help book about how we can use difficult times to grow. Growth often means pain. We must move along. We all have to learn to find our way. Just look at the life of Joseph. The psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23). November 2018 November 2019 21. God is going to make a man/woman out of you. 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