Relying on God during difficult times
The typical response we have when faced with a trial is “Why me?” or “What did I do? i’m a good person!”. Although it is a normal and understandable response, we need to meditate on why God allows these things to happen in our life.
No one enjoys going through challenging times. Whether it’s losing the one you love, a family member, or facing financial difficulties, we can never fully comprehend or sometimes, accept the situation. So how can we, as believers, rely on God during these difficult times?
Firstly, we can never completely understand the reason why certain things happen, yet one thing we can be sure of, God is with us. God commanded us to rely on him in Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” God promises us that no matter where we go, he will be there.
The importance of fellowship with Christ
Have you ever had a terrible day, but when you spoke to your best friend and let some steam off, you felt a lot better? Jesus is like our best friend, and he loves us. He wants to listen to our problems, and why we’re hurting, he wants us to ask him for things even though he already knows our hearts. When we read our bible, God is talking to us, but when we pray, we’re talking to him. Clinging onto God during these times by reading his word, can give us hope and comfort. Praying allows us to speak to God, to thank him and to express our burdens and struggles. Romans 12:12 tells us “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” Although it’s easier said than done, we must be patient and continue to consistently pray because God is listening, and he will answer our prayer.
Our hope is in Christ alone. We live in an uncertain world, where the only thing we can do is rely on God. When we’re facing trials and tribulations, we draw closer to God and get to know him better. These difficult times can reveal to us how firm our faith is, we either grow closer or drift further away from him. The world can offer you temporary happiness, but Christ offers us so much more, most importantly, an eternity with him.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."