I’m often asked, “How do you handle the hard times?”
Difficulties and trials often make us feel like we’re alone. It’s during those times where we feel all alone that the temptation becomes great to believe lies from the enemy.
Lies that distract us from God’s truth and the power of His truth.
“Things will never get better.”
“Bad things always happen to me.”
We need to stand firm on God’s truth and its solid foundation. And, fight. When we realize we have believed a lie, we must replace it with the truth.
God says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2
You will not go through hard times alone. God has promised that He will be with you. He will never leave you. God will walk with you through the journey. When you worry that you’re not strong enough, remember that God will strengthen you through it.
We can find great wisdom from the words of King David.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
David encourages us to seek after God in the midst of our most difficult seasons. Hard times have a way of drawing us closer to God.
When we draw near to Him, surrendering to His will and His ways, He promises that we will lack nothing. He will lead us and guide us and refresh our soul. We have no reason to fear, even in the darkest valley. He will be with us, bringing us comfort. He’ll provide for our needs. And, pour out His Holy Spirit upon us. His goodness and His love will follow after us all the days of our lives.
Can you trust God today with the trials you are facing?
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