Hardships or tough times befall every person living in the world. Think about things like natural disasters, broken relationships, hurt and betrayal, financial difficulties and more.
Now we are facing Covid-19.
In one of his statements, Jesus in John 16:33 said …“In this world you will have trouble.”
What We Need to Know About Hard Times
1. Hard times are inevitable
Life is full of ups and downs both for believers and non-believers. We are not exempt from tough times in the world.
2. Hard times are not good
They are bad. They are challenging. But God uses them for our good. In Romans 8:28, we read, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
3. Hard times are allowed to test our faith
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love (1 Peter 1:7)
What We Need to Do During Hard Times
Here are 3 things we can do when facing tough times
1. Seek God in Hard Times
Seeking God during hard times is not always an easy thing to do, because our minds can become saturated with the difficult circumstance surrounding us. The Bible tells us in many scriptures to seek God – see Psalms 25. We should seek God’s mind about the hard situations we are going through.
Here are two more verses;
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29)
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
2. Ask God for Wisdom
To know how to handle hard times, we should ask God for wisdom as scripture says in James 1:5. Wisdom is a principal thing because it helps us know how to handle different life seasons. Listen to what God says about wisdom in Proverbs 23:23.
Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
3. Focus on What Never Changes
In hard times, focus on God’s love because it is constant and never wavers. Also focus on the purpose of God for your life because it stands and remains. Whether you go through fire, through waters, or drought, focus on God’s promises because they never change.
The promise of God is that He will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). The promise of God is that His word is True. The promise of God is that He is the same yesterday today and forever.
God’s Everlasting Love
Be encouraged by the Word of God in Romans 8:31-39
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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