As mentioned in the previous blog post, we are discussing vital points to remember when we face trials or hardships. It is important to remember that God is faithful, and he keeps his promises. Let’s look at a few more points.
“God is always there, therefore we are never alone.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 encourages us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” No matter the test or trial, and no matter how we feel, we must remember that God is always with us. God keeps watch over his children, and he directs our every step and all our future moves. We have to learn to relax in Him and allow Him to lead the way. No matter how tense things may seem to get, stop, breathe, and remember that God has everything under control. It’s okay to encourage yourself with the Word of God. Sometimes we have to take a trip down memory lane and remember how God delivered and brought us out. He is the same God now as He was then. God still has the same delivering power. God does not allow his children to walk in the seasons that He has them in unattended. Do you think that He would let you go through trials by yourself? We were not designed to do anything apart from Him.
“When we are weak, God is strong.”
In 2 Corinthians 12:10, it says, “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” God’s strength is perfect. Situations can arise in our lives, and it can be so intense or so strong sometimes it may feel like we are about to lose control. You may say, “God, I am doing everything that I can to hold on or do the right thing, but this is too much.” When you get in God’s presence through prayer, praise, and worship, your strength is renewed. God is with us, even in those moments of feeling weak. He covers us and protects from all dangers seen and unseen like the Good Sheppard that He is. Just remember, during those times that you feel weak, God has got you covered.
“Trials and hard times are for a season.”
Isaiah 43:2-3 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.” Simply put, whatever you are facing, it will not last long. My Pastor always tells us, “Trouble don’t last always.” God will get you through any situation and circumstance. You have to believe that God is already working on your behalf as you read this post at this very moment. Despite what you see, despite what you feel, you have to know that your situation must change because this trial that you are going through is not the end. It’s not your final destination. There’s more that God has planned for your life; there is more work for you to do. Life does not stop here.
“The test and trials are growing your faith.”
James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Every time a trial comes our way, and we stand still and watch God move, our faith increases. I want you to begin to see the difficulties in your life like an exercise machine. It works out your faith to the point your faith gets bigger and bigger. Your perception of the matter is essential. Sometimes it’s just a matter of how you choose to see the situations when they come.
“Actively wait on God and trust what He is doing.”
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. “What are you doing while you are waiting on God to move? Are you stagnant? Are you reading and studying your word? Are you attending your church services to hear the word of God being taught? Are you praying and giving God time? Remember, it’s not just about getting through the trial, but God is watching how you go through. When you are going through problems, it is an opportune time for God to use you mightily. Why do I make this statement? Other people are watching you. If they see how you can stand during adversity trusting God, they will be encouraged to do the same. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Just know that although the trial or situation may not feel good, God is working for your good. Keep pressing, keep trusting, and keep holding on. God is not finished with you.