Have you ever experienced those times where life just comes crashing in like a tidal wave? Times when worries mount about finances, jobs, homes, health and even our children. When hard times come, let God’s truth be your strength. Lean on these truths from 7 Bible verses for difficult times when facing trials that leave you desperate for God to intervene in life.
I was facing a season of difficulty. Life was crashing in around us and options seemed nonexistent. Things only seemed to go from bad to worse, leaving me feeling like we had hit rock bottom.
My heart felt like a helium balloon that had been pierced by a steak knife.
Defeating thoughts swirled around my head and heart, holding them captive to defeat.
“I can’t do it.”
“I can’t take anymore.”
“I don’t know what to do and can’t do it by myself.”
“I feel all alone.”
My emotions quickly followed the direction of my thoughts and left me feeling defeated, alone, and desperate. Desperate for God to act.
People always seem to say that God always comes through in the last minute, but then, would it seem like anything but the last minute before He acts when by its very nature, we stop sweating when He intervenes?
This was one of those times I needed Him to intervene, and NOW. Humanly speaking, our situation seemed hopeless. But if there is one thing I have come to know in my core, it’s that because of Him, Hope Prevails even when all seems hopeless and I feel helpless.
How do you keep faith in hard times?
The enemy was having a hay day in my mind. But I knew what I needed to do to keep faith in hard times. I needed to refute those thoughts with the truth of God’s word.
1. When your situation feels impossible, remember – all things are possible. Luke 18:27
Our situation certainly felt impossible, but God’s word says that all things are possible. “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
2. When you’re beat down by trial after trial, remember you can do all things. Philippians 4:13
After being beaten down by trial after trial, I started to think I couldn’t do it anymore. But the truth of God’s word promised that I can do all things. “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
3. When you can’t take it anymore, remember His grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9
After prolonged trials, and our situation seemingly not improving, it felt like I couldn’t take it anymore, yet He promises in His word that His grace is sufficient for all our needs. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
4. When you feel afraid, remember God has not given you the spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1:7
When it felt like life was closing in and our situation could get no worse, and answers or solutions were nowhere to be found, I felt afraid. But I had to realize that the fear was not from God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
5. When you can’t manage on your own, remember God will meet your needs. Philippians 4:19
I didn’t know what to do and knew that I couldn’t manage the situation all by myself. Fortunately, His word promises I didn’t have to. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
6. When you feel alone, remember God will never leave nor abandon you. Hebrews 13:5
I felt alone in my suffering, but despite my feelings, I had to choose to believe the truth of God’s word which assures we are never alone. “for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
7. When difficulty stares you down, remember God is our refuge and strength. Psalm 46:1
Friend, I don’t know what difficulty stares you down, but I do know that God is an ever-present help in times of trouble. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
When you’re tempted to listen to your emotions, I urge you to intentionally choose instead to listen to His truth. Truth wins over emotions. Let His truth be your comfort and strength in the difficult times.
How will you choose to be led by God’s truth today instead of your emotions? In the comments, I’d love for you to share your favorite Bible Verses for difficult times.
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
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