Learning from problems

A selection of verses showing what the Bible tells us about learning from the problems we have in life:

The book of Hebrews tells us that problems can be discipline from God:

Hebrews 12 verses 5 - 7

5 You have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, 
“My son, don’t take lightly the chastening of the Lord, 
nor faint when you are reproved by him; 
6 for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines, 
and chastises every son whom he receives.” 
7 It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn’t discipline?

Moses reminds the early Israelites that God has tested them for their good:

Deuteronomy 8 verse 3

3 He humbled you, allowed you to be hungry, and fed you with manna, which you didn’t know, neither did your fathers know, that he might teach you that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the LORD’s mouth.

The book of Lamentations tells us that punishment for sins can encourage us to turn to the LORD:

Lamentations 3 verses 39 - 41

39 Why does a living man complain, 
a man for the punishment of his sins? 
40 Let us search and try our ways, 
and turn again to the LORD. 
41 Let’s lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens. 

Paul tells the Roman believers that all things, good and bad, work towards a good end for them:

Romans 8 verse 28

28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8 verses 38 - 39

38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

These chapters have links to this theme: