Imagine waking up tomorrow morning not having a single problem. Think about what that would be like, you haven't a single worry. You have no debt; you don't have to get up early because you don't have a job, you don't have a job because you have hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank.
You have excellent health by every measure, so you don't need doctors. Your relationships with others are in good standing, and all your friends and family need nothing because they too have a perfect life.
The mental picture I just described is how most people see their ideal life, but I'm here to tell you that it is far from perfect.
Picture what would it be like if you never had to work, never had to exercise, never had to work at relationships, and never had to sacrifice anything for friends and family.
Your life would have no value, zero. Without work, you would never develop skills, understanding, persistence, tenacity, creativity, diligence, respect, or humility.
With labor removed from relationships, you would not know how to work at something beautiful and fulfilling. If all your friends and family had no need whatsoever, you would not know how to love or what sacrifice is.
Many of the values I just described are reflected in the person of Jesus who diligently worked to accomplish the Father's work with humility, respect, love, and sacrifice.
Without the adversities of life, we would never grow and gain understanding in many spiritual, emotional, and intellectual areas. Worst yet, I believe many people would become darkened of heart, mind, and soul. Contemplate the reality of the seemingly countless number of celebrities who fall prey to sin when all the requirements of life are no longer an issue.
But maybe you say that you would continue to work, exercise, and learn how to love, this proves my point. What you are saying in effect is that you would place adversity on your own life.
To gain the higher faculties we are capable of achieving, difficulties that challenge all parts of our being, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually must place a strain on us. We grow, learn, and succeed when we accept any challenge with God, steadiness of mind, and a positive attitude. Here's what the Bible has to say about overcoming.
"But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." ~ James 1:6
"You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." ~ Isaiah 26:3
So the Bible also teaches that we should meet all challenges with God, steadiness of mind, and a positive attitude that God can and will bring happiness to those who believe.
If He wanted You to be miserable, He would let you go and just let flounder in despair. But God is bright light and positivity. God is the ultimate goal, and we should always be striving toward in all adversity. Be holy as God is holy. (1 Peter 1:16)
So what about the result of weathering all type of trial. According to James 1:2-4 it perfects the soul while providing all fulfillment.
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
But don't take my word for it, or even the Bible's. A study chaired by Harvard’s Jack Shonkoff in association with National Scientific Council on the Developing Child discovered that children under overcome the severe stress of trauma with the support of one supportive role model, namely a parent.
The Christian who has faith in God has the greatest support in the universe, Jesus. You can overcome all adversity with Jesus who loves you and supports you. At the very least the pain of any situation becomes more bearable with your Father's eternal love. If change is truly not possible, then change the inside. Have peace, be positive, and you may discover as many others have, that change can happen gradually over the course of time.
I believe that the tree of life and death planted in the Garden of Eden which brought the fall of humanity was a blessing. Again, think about what it would be like if everything is provided, everything.
You would never know what it is like to give, or to work, or humility, or to love sacrificially. You would never know what it would be to be like Jesus.
Do you have problems? Pause for a minute and give thanks to God for giving you the opportunity to grow and develop. Never face challenges with negativity as it will impede your creativity, development, and tenacity. Instead, rise above the problem, observe it with intelligence and with a positive attitude. Remember God is light, in Him, there is no darkness, you should do the same. Then tackle the problem bit by bit.
With trust, faith, and an overwhelming superpower behind you all things are possible.
We love you. We're praying for you. Stay strong in the Lord. See you in the in the kingdom.