God’s purpose in life challenges

As Christians, it is not uncommon for us to face difficult and trying situations, trials always arise.

And when they do, we ask one popular question – what’s God’s purpose in life challenges?

God’s major purpose in life challenges is growth.

In your moments of pain, it may be hard to understand God’s purpose but the fact is God everything God does is for a reason.

Some believers have the wrong notion about christianity, they believe everything is meant  to go right because we are children of God.

But this isn’t always the truth.

Yes, the Bible says

I wish above all things that you be in good health and prosper even as your soul prospereth”, this is God’s ultimate desire for us.

But to get diamonds, you can’t skip the refining process.

This is the point so many potential Christians do not understand.

They ask questions like;

  • If God can do everything, why does suffering occur?
  • Why doesn’t everything just work out fine?
  • Why did God let me pass through the situation when he knew it won’t end well?

These and more are questions a lot of potential believers ask because they are confused.

They don’t understand why the all-knowing, all-powerful God will let them face challenges that he can erase with a snap of his finger.

This is the reason so many people have left Christianity.

This article is a discussion to understand why God let challenges happen.

Also, it will serve as a guide to help us understand and be aware of the right attitude to possess when we are facing challenges.

8 reasons God allows challenges

God's purpose in life challenges
God’s purpose in life challenges

1. To strengthen you

“Tough times don’t last but tough people do, winners never quit and quitters never win”

These are popular sayings we hear almost every day but do we understand what it means?

A tough time is a difficult challenge and it takes only a tough person to emerge as a winner.

A tough person is someone who refuses to give up despite how hard the challenge might be.

This may not be what you want to hear, but it is the ultimate truth.

God’s purpose in life challenges is to strengthen you, to make you realize that there are certain you can handle all on your own.

After surviving a hard time most people always say – “I didn’t know I could do it”

You won’t have ever known if the problem was absent.

Difficult times are exhausting, it gets so hard to see the good in the middle of a crisis but the bible tells us that:

“God is faithful and just, he will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear”.

Takeaway: God allows challenges to strengthen us and open our eyes to the possibilities of things we can achieve when we believe.

2. A source of motivation for others

Have you ever used your past events to help someone in a similar situation?

Most times, God knows that the challenge you are facing might save someone else tomorrow, so he allows you to experience and learn from it.

Your ability to survive the challenges you face and help others is God’s purpose in life’s challenges.

You might not be aware of this, but a lot of people who offer advice to you in challenging times have been there before.

Now, they can share their lessons and help you through this difficult time in your life.

3. A tool to learn

If you are reading this article right, I guess you have received education either formally or informally.

The process of education is quite tasking, you go to school,  learn, study, take quizzes and write exams to gain knowledge and become successful.

That’s the same with life challenges.

If you have no knowledge or skills about anything, how will you earn?

God’s purpose in life challenges is to provide a channel for us to learn and grow.

There will always be life challenges, it is our responsibility to always learn from them.

4. It’s a next-level event

Have you ever played a mobile game? You should be familiar with the word “next level”

In order to get to the next level, you must pass through rigorous and tasking challenges.

Each level is more tasking than the previous.

Sometimes we hit these obstacles and the game ends.

This doesn’t stop us, rather we look for other skills that will help us arrive at the next level.

God’s purpose in life challenges is to move us to a higher level in our lives.

However, to get to the next level you must be willing to go through the challenges the present level comes with.

It is simple, if you want to level up in life as a believer, you should get used to the idea of dealing with challenges.

God doesn’t let us face challenges to hurt or punish us, rather he allows them for our promotion.

5. To bring glory to God

If you are familiar with the story in the Bible about the blind sitting by the pool of Bethesda.

According to the story, he was born blind and Jesus’ disciples asked him what the reason was.

Remember the response Jesus gave? He said it was to give glory to God through man’s life.

The bible also said in Matthew “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”

God’s purpose in life challenges is to manifest and showcase his glory through your life.

When people give testimonies about how God saved or protected them, they are using their life as a tool to express God’s glory.

6. A tool for soul-winning

Quite a few believers have had an encounter with God at a particular level in their christian journey.

It’s just like the mobile games…

Maybe you have been stuck on a particular level for weeks, then someone gives you a clue or you found some hint from the internet and  move to the next level.

The challenge you are facing might be the missing piece you need to rebuild your relationship with God.

It can also be a tool to preach to someone about how God saved you when you were neck-deep in challenges.

7. It’s a means of correction

Sometimes, the holy spirit may warn us about a particular thing but we refuse to listen and then we get stuck in the middle of life’s challenges.

Before you choose to fast and pray, try to remember that you’re struggling because you ignored a divine instruction.

God’s purpose in life challenges is to correct us, by doing this we can pay more attention to his leadership and directives.

8. To push you to your full potential

There are so many things in life you will never achieve unless you push yourself.

Laziness and comfort zone is the top cause of failure and underachievement.

God loves us so much, therefore he lets us face situations that force us to strive hard and come out of our comfort zone.

A perfect example is the job of a sport or fitness coach. They know what you are capable of but they push you to go beyond your previous best.

God’s purpose in life challenges is to push us to our full potential and prevent us from living in past glories and achievements.

How to respond to challenges

God's purpose in life challenges
God’s purpose in life challenges
  • Be close to your bible

Joshua said “the book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, you shall meditate on it day and night in order to have great success”.

The bible is a prophetic word, there’s nothing you are facing that does not have a solution in the bible.

Whatever you are going through has happened before!

Search your Bible and you will discover a similar problem in the bible, it will direct your path to overcome your challenges.

We need to derive wisdom from the bible to handle life challenges.

  • Establish a healthy communication with God

What do you do when you are facing a tasking time?

Do you grumble, complain, engage in negative positivity, cry or pray.

You can never solve any problem with all these except prayer,  instead, they will multiply your problem.

It’s best to always pray in and out of season.

The book of Proverbs 3:5÷6 says:

trust God with all your heart,  do not always rely on what you think you know but always believe God in everything you do,  and he will show you the right way to follow”.

As believers, we need to communicate with our heavenly Father through prayers. Thessalonians tell us to pray without ceasing.

  • Pay attention to details and learn

Try to pick out the lessons as you journey to your next level because every challenge has a lesson for you to learn.

Every challenge is not there to kill you but to help you become the best version of yourself.

Most times, it’s a prayer answered but you have to be very careful not to miss the lesson and the direction it’s taking you to.

Each new obstacle is a chance to develop a new winning strategy.


Dealing with challenges is tasking but paramount to attaining greater height.

This article does not seek to play light on the challenging and tough times you face.

Rather, it stands as a beacon to point you to God’s purpose in life challenges.

When you next face challenges or crises, always remember that you need to move on from that level no matter how many times you will need to try.