The Greek language gives us a clue. Our English word for problem is formed from two Greek words. Pro means “forward”. Balein means “to throw”. Problems are those things that “throw us forward”, force us to learn, require us to change. Daniel 3 is the perfect illustration. In one sense, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were victims of tragedy. (Taken captive in their teenage years, nation defeated, temple destroyed) In another sense they were “more than conquerors” because they did not dissolve into self pity and unbelief. In the midst of tragedy, they found the Lord and became “vessels for honor” (2 Timothy 2:21) in bold and unbending witness to Nebuchanezzar. What an inspiring truth! My problems are not excuses. They are, in fact, useful to the Lord in causing my growth and leading others to faith. “The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.” May the Lord make us like these young men.