“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”( Romans 5:3-5 )

Life is all about perspective. If we see difficult people and painful situations as threats, they become prisons for our souls. We languish away for days and weeks, wishing the problems would just go away or we try frantically to get out any way we can.

Whether our problems are caused by our dumb mistakes, the sin of others, natural disasters, or anything else, our difficulties can, instead of dungeons, become a classroom where we learn life’s greatest lessons.

God wants everybody to have peace and plenty, lots of money, and all the happiness in the world. When God allows difficulties to take us deeper into a relationship of trusting Him, take it in a different perspective, one that sees problems not as prisons but as classrooms where God gets our attention, transforms our character, and gives us strong hope in the things that are most valuable. His will and His ways.

The lessons take us to the heart of God, where we experience His kindness and love more deeply than ever before.