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What Problems and Determination Will Do

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1. Produces character and hope

2. Shows the power of Christ

3. Shows the glory of God

4. Shows what faith can do

5. Teaches dependence on God

6. Enables us to comfort those in trouble

7. Shows the proof of faith

8. Sometimes God allows us to suffer for the cause of Christ

9. Keeps down pride

10. Suffering can come because of another's sin

11. Suffering can come because we are part of a fallen race, living in a cursed world

12. Because of our own sin, to discipline and chastise us, teach us; cf. Psalm 32

13. Because of the sovereignty of God

14. Because our enemy wants us to suffer

15. For reasons known only to God

16. Because of our own stupidity&md;we reap what we sow