Text: Romans 8:28
But nothing catches God by surprise, so he isn’t beside himself since sin entered the world. What he is going to do is use this time to prepare his people, to test his people and to basically accomplish some things in you and I that he wants to accomplish.
So how is God going to use this troubled life to our advantage and for his glory?
Trouble keeps this world from becoming too attractive
- The world is headed for disaster.
- In the last month two young folks that I knew have died.
- Trouble shows the world for what it is
Trouble provides a context for ministry
- The Lord has an opportunity to get out of people what He likes.
- Romans 8:27 he that searcheth the hearts…
Trouble equips you for the office of sympathy
- If the value of your life and God’s use of your life is in ministering to others, and it is, then equipping you for that office is going to require some trouble.
- Get a kick out of people who want to be in charge and have a leadership role. I was that way when I was younger, just set me down cause I’m already wound up.
- You understand the guy in the lead is the first to take the bullets. Good for pastors to remember this so they don’t get bitter at their flock. Be the example, taking the lead means being the example and taking the lead, not driving the flock where you want them to go.
- You can understand the suffering
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Trouble reveals weakness
- When the Lord tries your heart with some trouble, he wants to get a certain thing out of you. But will use the trial to reveal to you your own weaknesses. You understand he already knows your weakness and mine.
- When God can really work is when you begin to realize your weakness. Jesus said I didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance, I came to call sinners. If you’re healthy you don’t need a physician. You don’t need me if you think you’re OK.
- Trouble can have the effect of purging away dross by bringing that dross to the surface so the Lord can deal with it.
Trouble reveals motives
- If you’re motive is to please the Lord it will be hard to offend you. Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them.
- On the other hand, if you are easily offended it’s because your motive is wrong and you’ve got too much to lose.
- Some folks stick around church for a while, seem real zealous, get real involved and say, “God’s calling me to this ministry in the church.” And then trouble comes along in the form of them being told to do something they don’t like, or pressure in the ministry, or a little tiff with the pastor or a brother in Christ and suddenly God’s not calling them to be there anymore. Suddenly God’s calling them to go somewhere else.
Trouble will redirect your attention to the Lord
- Magnifies the Lord Jesus Christ
- Daniel 3:24-25 Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fie?…He answered and said, Lo, I see four men…
- God’s way of dealing with trouble is not to take it away, but to put something of himself in the mix so you see more
- My grace is sufficient for thee
- disciples on the wind and the waves – what manner of man is this?
The Christian life is a present victory. It is the victorious life. Victory implies battle and struggle and trial. The Christian life isn’t the insulated life, it is the victorious life. Whether in life or death there is nothing capable of defeating Christianity.