Problems: It’s A Good thing

Just as God prepared Esther, He is preparing you for His next assignment for you. Each step of faithfulness prepares you for what awaits. God will use your current circumstances for His next great work in and through your life. (March 7, Discovering God’s Daily Agenda by Henry & Richard Blackaby)

I’m a stubborn person and, many years ago, I’ve always asked myself and God why I had to go through the same problems over and over. I just don’t get it! Haven’t I had enough? But as the years pass, and with the help of my ministry, I’ve learned that there’s a reason why that had to happen and they’re not just the same problems. Those problems may have the same “theme” but every time I go through one, the level of difficulty increases.

It’s because I’m stubborn that’s why I have to through that same kind of problem over and over. Of course God knows I can’t take on the highest level on my first attempt. I had to ease my way into overcoming that kind of problem. If I’m done with it and learned everything from it, God will give me a different kind of problem. I’m glad i’m not that stubborn anymore (and now a bit wiser) so I get to learn more and faster, and is able to take on higher levels of my problems. And I’m glad I have problems. It just shows that God wants me to become better and He is training me, molding me, using my problems as my personal gym to “beef me up”. So be happy when you have problems. Be worried if you don’t have any (James 1:2-3).

This reflection reminded me of this part in the movie Evan Almighty (2007) where God told the family that when people ask Him for courage, He doesn’t give them courage instantly. Instead, He gives them an opportunity to be courageous. We have to remember that we are created in the image of God. Through Jesus Christ, God showed us that man is capable of doing good and, if we have faith in God, we can be like Jesus Christ. Every good thing that God possesses, we also have. We just don’t realize it. That’s why God doesn’t need to give us anything because we already have it. We all need to be subjected to certain circumstances that would help us find that characteristic, find it and then use it. We as His people don’t realize yet how very capable we are. Even I still don’t know how capable I am. But I know God will put me through things so that one day I would know the things I am capable of, and use it to grow, become a better person, and above all, help other people.

So the next time you encounter a problem, don’t ask God to take it away from you. It’s just God’s way of giving you want you’ve always wanted. He’s just testing you if you can actually get it for yourself and how much you really want it. God works in mysterious ways after all. His ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:9).

A Seed of Happiness

One of my mantras lately is “I choose to be happy“. We have been given the gift of free will. We can freely choose to do anything that will satisfy our desires. The same goes for happiness–we can choose to be happy. People look for happiness in a lot of earthly things. Like love, happiness should come from ourselves.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God. Seek first the Giver before the gift. Seek the Healer before the healing. True happiness can be found in God alone. And if God resides in our hearts, we only have to look inside us to find true happiness. But people will say, “But I have a lot of problems and they’re too much to handle. Being happy is very difficult.”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6

These mountains are our problems and our challenges in life. If we have faith the size of a mustard seed, then we can move these mountains and move on along the this road called life. No matter how stressful and depressing things may be  around you, if you can find within yourself any reason to be happy, no matter how simple and little that reason may be, it can and will make you happy. Like any seed, if you’ll nurture it, it will grow and will be very strong. If you nurture that very small reason to be happy, if you nurture it, it will grow and fill you with happiness, and it will surely last the whole day or even longer. The key to happiness is that simple and yet not that obvious. Come on guys, what is the middle letter in the word “happiness”?

So if you’re down in the dumps, just go say to yourself “I choose to be happy”. Find that reason to be happy within yourself, nurture it, and be filled with happiness! =)