by Monica Schmelter @monicaschmelter
God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1 CSB
When it comes to having tough times, it’s not a matter of if, but when. So it’s helpful to be prepared and pliable. As the proverb says, “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3 NLT It’s a caution to keep an eye on our lives and what’s around us.
One way to prepare is to know the firm ground on which we stand. The following biblical truths are essential for a firm foundation.
God is good.
God is near.
God is working.
God is Good.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT)
God’s heart toward us is always good. He loves us. His love does not prohibit tough seasons of life, but will see us through. His love provides a foundation for us to stand on during every season of our lives, in chaos and in peace. In your tough season, let the fact you are unconditionally loved strengthen and encourage you.
God is Near.
Even in the middle of our toughest seasons, God is near. He stands ready to help us when we need it the most. There is no place we can go that He has not gone before us. He understands completely.
“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4: 14-16 NLT).
Allow this Scripture to speak directly to your heart. I am in a very tough season of life. When I read this Scripture, I ask God to help me in the way He sees to be best. Even when I feel alone or abandoned, I believe His Word is truth—He says He is near, full of grace, and willing to help. I believe His Word over what I see, think, and feel. As we dare to believe His Word over our circumstances we grow and mature in our faith.
God is Working.
He is working on our behalf whether we can see or understand it.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT).
If you’re in a tough season, dare to believe His Word. He promises that He is working on our behalf. He promises that He is bringing good. Dare to believe His promises.
God has a way of maturing our faith through hard times in our lives. Of course, we are responsible to do what we can during those seasons, but for all the things outside of our control, we trust in God’s goodness, in His nearness, and dare to believe He’s working all things for our good.
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Join the conversation: What foundational truths are helpful for you in times of trouble?