How god helps us in difficult times

 

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Please help me God prayer

In order to please God, one must have the faith to believe that he is God. This faith in God is how to trust God in difficult times; changes the role of belief into dependency. It is then that you know God is your all in all for everything you need.  We do understand that life has its trials that causes us to lean to our own understanding of the situations, that causes us to react in a way commonly known as working our way through the crises; however, what pleases God is when we cry out in need of his help, regardless of how small the trial or crises, by saying to him, I need help God please. This cry for help is how to claim God’s promises.  Jesus said; he would not leave us or forsake us; that’s a promise.

Please save me God

Remember you are not alone when it may seem there is no way out. When using all of your human resources have been exhausted; money, people, things, time, what then? Giving up? Suicide?  Now is the time to personalize; Dear God help me Please!   It is in the most difficult of times, when we have done all that we can do; God’s throne seat of Grace and Mercy arrive as promised, in a time of need. We cry out please God give me strength and he hear our prayer; what a blessing it is to trust God. 

How to let God use you

Let go and let God. The most simplistic phrase known, to allow God, to use you in a way, that is pleasing to him. Most often the opposite occur when we try to rationalize by our own interpretation of what God wants or is doing in our lives. Biblical knowledge is the edifice

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night , that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  

The word of God effect our lives through meditation and action upon it; we become the vessel of God and our perspectives change, which allows us to be used by God. The Mission statement becomes everything that pleases God!  You become the piece of the picture that links to or bridges the other pieces God uses to complete his objective. It could be an act of Kindness, a prayer for someone who has lost a Loved one, praying for the sick, feeding the hungry, giving to the needy, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, words of encouragement; this can take on any and many forms in which you allow God to have is way in you through you. This is how you trust God in difficult times.

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“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tides’ll turn“. —Harriet Beecher Stowe

I’ll never forget 2013 when I decided to take a Master degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo, Norway. I had three kids at the time and my plan was to finish my studies after two years then find a job. This all changed when I found out I was pregnant at the end of my 1st study year. For many weeks I prayed I would wake up and realise this was all a dream. My family life was already hectic with three kids, a husband employed full-time, and no relatives close by to help. Crippled by this news, I felt as if I was trapped in a revolving door.

I took time away from school because of severe pregnancy sickness. Most of these times were spent feeding on God’s word. This continued even after the baby’s arrival. Little did I know I was preparing myself for the hard days ahead. Now with only a few months until school started, a problem arose — I needed a babysitter for my little baby “How hard could this be ?” I thought.  I searched and asked around for an ideal babysitter — someone who’d  suit my timing, budget, and needs.  Days, weeks, and months passed, and I’ve still not found my ideal person. Meanwhile, I’d prayed and believed that I’ve received an answer to my prayers according to Mark 11:24.

On the weekend before school started, as I sat on the train going to the city centre, my eyes met with those of a lady, probably in her late forties. She smiled at me and we exchanged pleasantries. As we chatted, it turned out, she was also looking for a  job and could babysit. Best of all, she lived close to me and her price was good for me – exactly what I wanted. Relieved and assured of God’s love, this testimony would set the pace to trust God, even more, in the coming months

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God’s Word became my life-line

As school started, the pressure began to mount —team projects, assignments, books, and papers to read up, — coupled with incessant house chores, kid’s appointments and after-school activities. ‘’ How would I cope,” I wondered?  The pressure was so much that at some point I felt It was a luxury to sit down to rest. God’s word became my life support. I literally depended on God’s word as a lifeline. I dreaded leaving the house without spending quality time in the Word and in prayer, realizing my sanity in relating with my kids, husband, and others depended on it. God was gracious to me in my studies. I made very good grades and didn’t have to retake any courses. Even when others dropped out because of the school pressure, God upheld me.

In the 3rd semester, during an internship with a company, I needed to deliver two reports. In addition to that, I was taking an elective (minor) in a programming course that was way out of my depth. As time began to run out for my deliverables, I started feeling the weight of my tasks pulling down on me. I started doubting, “Will I ever get past this study?, will I have to defer this study again?” In those times, the Lord spoke to my heart.  He said,“ I  give power to the weak and to those who have no might —no willingness—I increase strength” — Isaiah 40:29. He also said to me that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Empowered by those words, I found the strength to persist. As a result, I delivered a very good report which the company was impressed with. I also passed the elective course.

I quit

The boiling point was in the final semester when I was writing my thesis. Pressed for time and strained from the rigorous research and writing, I began to think of quitting. “I’m done trying”. I was exhausted and left with no strength for one more day. What do you do when you’ve lost your will to persevere?  Hauled in this dark pit of despair, I cried to God that night for strength. God responded by giving me an encouraging dream: I saw myself running along with some people. As we got to a large ditch, while others crossed over, I couldn’t. Overwhelmed by the size of the ditch, I turned to go back. Just then I thought, “ I’ve come so far to go back”. As I cried, suddenly, I was lifted up by some invisible force, that was how I crossed over to the other side. I woke up so encouraged that the next time I sat to write, I pictured myself overcoming and finishing the thesis. As a result, I successfully finished and defended my thesis with a B grade. Indeed, It was a long bumpy ride but absolutely worth it.

Let me share with you some of the things I learned

  1. Flee from Complaining and Negative talking, instead, confess God’s Word. With so much strain on the marriage and family, Philippians 2:14 reminded me that complaining made me guilty.  I was reminded of the need to confess God’s word in every situation —My husband’s actions, my tiredness, my school assignments, kids acting out, my negative thoughts. Instead of speaking my frustrating state, I must speak what God sees in the situation. For the righteous live by faith and not by sight (IICorinthians 5:7)
  2. God is Concerned about our Attitudes as we journey to our Goals. He is more interested in our character more than He is interested in what we “achieve”. God’s word is the chief transformer. A well-fed soul will produce a good character.
  3. God Delights in Turning our Difficult Situations for our good. For any number of reasons, we find ourselves in different situations. Yet God is in perfect Control of everything including the “mistakes” of our lives. Commit everything over to Him and trust daily in his leading. He makes ALL things work together for those who Love Him. (Romans 8:28).
  4. With humility and persistence, we can achieve all we set our minds to do. A Humble person acknowledges they can do nothing of lasting value without Gods help; It’s an attitude of utter reliance on God. We must realize that All our abilities and strength comes from God. He helps us do “difficult” things.

Blessings!

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Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. Excruciating. Even physically painful.

But I want to testify that trusting God in difficult times is possible for any of us.

I know because my husband and I have had to trust God through hard times on several occasions:

  • chronic illness in marriage,
  • scary health issues with our kids,
  • intense parenting battles,
  • miscarriage, and so many more.

how god helps us in difficult times

In case you think it’s easy for me to share about this topic because our family is no longer walking through those trials, I want you to know that we’re currently battling unemployment.

And we have been unemployed for over 9 months now.

Yes, nine very long months of no income. It hasn’t been easy (and what we learned a long time ago when we paid off 100K in debt is really coming in handy).

But we’re being blessed with many priceless spiritual treasures as we’re learning about trusting God during difficult times.

Unspeakably amazing gifts of God that we would not have received any other way than to walk through this trial.how god helps us in difficult times

I want to share with you what we’ve learned about having faith in God through difficult times. Because, truly, God does have a wonderful purpose for these challenging situations.

How to Trust God During Difficult Times

If you’re going through an intense trial, I’m not here to give you simple Christian platitudes or to  promise that you can avoid the pain of a trial.

But, oh, how I want to help you to discover supernatural joy, contentment–even peace!–while you’re caught in the storm.

That ability to thrive (and not just survive) a trial is founded on three principles that we’ve discovered as we’ve learned about trusting God through difficult times.

Principle #1: We must take responsibility for what we choose to savor.

To explain this principle, I want to share a simple scene from my life.

Tonight I watched the sunset. I watched the sun dip lower and lower behind a silhouetted mountain crest and then—just like that!—it disappeared.

I can’t remember the last time I did that. And yet, the sun does it every day.

As I sat there savoring the last glimmers of sunlight, I asked myself:

What have I been stopping to savor in place of moments like these?

And the answer was clear: I’ve stopped too many times to savor the wrong things.

Like the fears of the future. Like the utter agony of being broken–again and again–by this trial.

How about you? Are you guilty of this too from time to time?

Let me tell you–if we allow our thoughts to habitually linger on the “what ifs,” we will cripple our ability to trust God during hard times.

I mean, it’s understandable that we struggle with this! Friends, we get lost in the sorrow. We wander in the future without God (a place we were never intended to go) because it’s really difficult to trust God through a trial!

We play those damaging “what if” thoughts over and over. Not because they are good, but, honestly, because sometimes it feels good to feel sorry for ourselves. And maybe we somehow feel that meditating on the “what ifs” brings a bit more control to the chaos.

But the problem is that the longer we hang out here the more familiar the thoughts become.

When we allow these thoughts to dominate we create a stagnant, spiritual “soil” in our minds that make it difficult to really have faith in God during hard times.

What are you choosing to savor today, and how is that affecting your ability to trust God through this trial?

Principle #2: We must quiet our lives so that we can discover (and savor) the quiet undercurrents of joy.

Why don’t we spend more time savoring the good? Well, the pain is easier to discover, especially when we overcrowd our hectic lives with activity.

These tiny treasures aren’t loud and obnoxious, and maybe that’s why we so easily miss them. They speak softly—so softly that its easy to wonder if they’re even there.

They get crowded out in the mad jumble of a hurried life.

That’s why it is in the quiet and stillness that we can see them appear—like rabbits that suddenly materialize on a grassy field at twilight. We see them when we slow down enough to notice their presence.

When I’m enduring a trial I have to regularly quiet my heart: to let out the surge of emotion that’s building; and to allow God to replenish my soul with reminders of the beauty that is happening in my little world.

I write them down (usually in a pretty journal like this one) and savor the lovely little treasures of goodness that are present:

  • The way my husband and I always hold hands in bed before going to sleep;
  • How my nine-year-old lights up when I ask if she’d like a cup of tea;
  • My five-year-old’s adorable furrowed brow when he’s confused about something;
  • The way all six of us snuggle in bed as we read a bedtime story;
  • The always-happy-to-see-me greeting from my two faithful Labradors;
  • My twelve-year-old’s dedicated work ethic (which reminds me of his father);
  • The “mystery” card left on my pillow that said, “I love you mom. Thank you for giving up your life to teach me.”
  • That moment in the car last weekend when I got to remind my son (who had tears of repentance on his cheeks while we looked up Bible verses together) that yes, he was absolutely forgiven.

I choose to savor these moments, like I’d savor a fine piece of cheese or an exquisitely-flavored chocolate truffle.

These are priceless gifts from God—rich and decadent treasures that are not meant to be gobbled up but to be remembered over and over. These are nourishment and hope during the most difficult times.

What would your list look like? What good things can you savor instead of the bad?

Principle #3: Release your fears to God and choose to savor His replenishing promises.

There’s a well-known Bible verse that many Christians quote during a trial:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

This is a beautiful verse, but I believe many miss the true power of this verse because they stop at verse 7. They pray to God, telling him about their needs and releasing their fears as outlined above (verses 6-7).

But then the fear creeps in.  Suddenly God’s peace feels far away because they’ve forgotten to habitually replenish ourselves with God’s promises.

Check out the admonition in the subsequent verses (Philippians 4:8-9):

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

I’ve bolded those sections because I believe they are the final missing piece to how we discover joy in trials.

First, we must acknowledge and release our fears. Then, once we have this clean slate, we must regularly “fix our thoughts” (which sounds a whole lot like “savoring,” don’t you think?) on those things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and worthy of praise.

how god helps us in difficult times

I’ve found that when I take this seriously–meaning, when I really do regularly choose to savor these gifts and promises from God–it is so much easier for me to discover joy in a trial.

Our family is enduring a huge trial right now and honestly, I have my list of these things in Evernote so that I can access them regularly from my phone and tablet. Whenever I’m tempted to let my thoughts wander into the dark places, I confess my fears again to God and meditate on these truths:

  • It’s true that God is working out all these difficulties into a beautiful future for me.
  • He’s given me an honorable husband who cherishes me and longs to provide for our family.
  • It’s right that we have so many friends and family who are praying for us daily.
  • I get to spend my days around little children with pure hearts who see the world innocent and full of promise.

And the list goes on.

What can you choose to “fix your thoughts” on during a trial so that you can maintain a spirit of joy?

God Will Provide As You Trust Him Through the Hard Times

One truth we’ve seen proven over and over as we trust God through hard times: God is faithful. 100 percent.

He has provided and will continue to provide for us (and for you as you trust God in your difficult time).

It may sound cliche, but really, one of God’s best gifts to us through this trial is that we’re learning what it really means to count it all joy.

And a personal relationship with Christ is the only way to have that kind of unshakeable joy through all circumstances (you can read more about that here).

3 Action Steps to Grow Spiritually Through a Difficult Trial

  1. Learn about the power of prayer in this post.
  2. Discover how to really understand and apply biblical truths by using this proven Bible study method.
  3. As you learn about having faith in God through difficult times, keep replacing your fearful thoughts with joyful promises from the Bible.

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About Alicia Michelle

Alicia Michelle, author, speaker and online mentor at Your Vibrant Family, is passionate about helping women discover God’s unique, amazing purpose for their lives as mothers, wives and daughters of God. In addition, Alicia is the creator of the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method which is a simple plan for anyone to understand and apply biblical truth in under 10 minutes a day as part of a daily Bible time. Alicia also writes at ChristCenteredHolidays.com where she shares practical strategies for Christian families who want to make Christ the center of their holiday celebrations. Connect with Alicia at [email protected]

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