2 Corinthians 4:17, For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Romans 5:3, Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope.

James 1:4, Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series entitled, “Bold: Learning To Live With An Audacious Faith!” Why does God allow difficulties in our lives? The simple answer is to develop us and build our character. Too often, when we go through difficulties in life, the first thing we try to do is blame somebody else. It doesn’t matter where the problem originated, God still has a purpose for it in your life. Even when other people hurt you intentionally, He can use it. Even when we do something stupid, God can use it. Even when the devil plans bad things for your life, God can bring good out of it. Why is that? Because God’s purpose for you is greater than your problem and your pain.

God’s plan is to make us better as we move through life’s difficulties. In Romans 5:3 the Apostle Paul says, “We can grow from our difficulties because our difficulties make us stronger and build our character.” If you are struggling with a difficulty, don’t blame someone else or beat yourself up if it was your own mistake. Instead, ask God what do you want me to learn from my difficulties? How do you want me to grow from this? After all, character develops from growth and knowledge.

Take care and have a blessed weekend!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?




What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?



What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)

Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.