– Romans 8:29
He wants you to grow up spiritually! God’s goal has always been to make you like himself -- not to become a god but to become godly, with godly character.
The number one question I’m asked as a pastor is, “Why is this happening to me?” I’ll tell you why: It’s to help you grow up spiritually -- the good, the bad, the ugly, the stuff you bring on yourself, and the stuff that other people do to you.
God is not the author of evil. But God can bring good out of bad things.
Instead of saying, “God, why is this happening to me?” say, “God, what do you want me to learn from this?” Every situation in life will either make you bitter or better. It’s your choice how you choose to respond to it.
Every problem has a purpose, and the purpose is to help you to be more like Jesus Christ.
The Bible calls it the fruit of the Spirit. It says, “He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). These are the qualities God wants to
build in your life.
How does God grow character and help you grow up spiritually? By putting you in the exact opposite situation. He teaches you love by putting you around unlovely people. He teaches you joy in the middle of grief. God teaches you peace in the middle of chaos. He teaches you patience while waiting.
These qualities are learned throughout your life -- it’s a process. He will use all kinds of situations in your life to help you develop spiritual depth and become more like Christ.