Promises in Difficult Seasons

by Marcia Clarke

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 NKJV

I am no stranger to difficult seasons. I have ridden high tides in my life but also low ones that left me feeling empty and broken. I have faced valleys that challenge me to question God and wonder when the season will end.

The truth is, we all face difficult seasons in our lives that leave us feeling we are the only one with trials, pain, and suffering. We all experience the feeling-alone syndrome that seems as if no one cares.

I have found that no matter how anchored in God, there were moments I felt as if I was drowning without a straw to cling to. But no matter how I felt, my saving grace has always been to trust in God. There is comfort in the Word of God and hope in leaning on him for answers to life’s trials.

My first experience with searching for a place of refuge in a challenging season was in my early twenties, when I began working as a personal-care attendant. While this job allowed me the means to pay my bills, I didn’t find my work desirable. At that time of life, in that small secluded community with very little activity, I spent many days feeling resentment as to why I took on such a task, and pondering the question, “What has God called me to do?” Turning to the word of God was my only solace in finding my way through that situation.

Jesus is our burden bearer, and his desire for us is to lighten our cares in this life (Matthew 11:29-30). He is our stronghold, and we can find rest in him no matter what we may be facing.

Through peaks and valleys, we can rely on Jesus. An illness may hold us bound, a death will leave us in sorrow or despair, or a financial circumstance will weigh us down with worry. The Bible tells us that even as we walk through hard times God is with us (Joshua 1:9). He promises to never leave us during hard times. He will be with us forevermore.

The Bible tells us to think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy, (Philippians 4:8). Throughout my difficult season, I remained anchored in the word of God, and he gave me the courage to persevere and look at the brighter side of life.

Let the praise of your heart be louder than any despair, anxiety, or depression that may overtake you. When you fix your eyes on the master, then your circumstance will be small compared to the revelation that will bring about a breakthrough. An overflow of hope will keep you on the treadmill of life.  

Trust in God to take you through difficult circumstances. Rely on him and allow Scriptures to show you the love of God. “His compassions fail not. They are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22, 23 NKJV).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NKJV

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About the author: Marcia Clarke writes daily encouragement for meditation and spiritual enrichment. Her greatest passion is helping people through difficult seasons by writing practical devotions at her daily blog, Today Is Sacred. She is the author of Journey to Abundance and her latest prayer book, Thirty Days of Grace.

Join the conversation: How has God shown His faithfulness to you in a season of testing?

4 thoughts on “Promises in Difficult Seasons

  1. I loved the line: Let the praise of your heart be louder than any despair, anxiety, or depression . . . Beautiful, Marcia.


  2. Marcia, thank you for sharing this encouragement. I can look back and seemingly could identify a hundred or more times when I wasn’t experiencing what I valued, wanted, or met my needs. Yet of course, in hindsight I can see God’s hand. One of the jobs when I was in my early 20’s was being a Pacific Telephone Long Distance operator. Yes, if you’re picturing putting the end of cords into holes on the wall in front of you, you are picturing right. It isn’t made up. I hated it. Yet God opened doors for me to share His love even though I’d only been a Christian a short time. God is always multi-tasking and being productive. Thanks for reminding me, Marcia.


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