The LORD, the LORD himself, … Feeling absolutely bewildered by everything going on around me. Pray for my friend who is suffering terrible emotional and relational pain right now. Doing battle and getting stronger ?.in God everyday. Copyright 2013-2020 Vibrant Christian Living. Charles Stanley Radio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Faith in God During Chronic Illness. I lost my mum March 4th and on April 5th, I lost my job. Scary, life changing stuff that radically altered every part of our life. Peter gives us four hard lessons about hard times--hard lessons because they’re hard to apply. God is faithful and He knows us, He formed us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139), He created us, He saved us, He called us and He knows how to redeem us. I will glory in … Trusting God through these uncharted waters takes faith and courage, but is worth every effort. We had no idea his blood sugar was so high! Psalm 34:1-4 (NIV) I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Day by day this incredible free Bible study will transform your thoughts by making these Bible verses about joy real and relevant to YOUR circumstances. How do I grow in trusting God ? Peace. And so I clung to Bible verses about trials and hard times and I again, chose to count it all joy. Trusting God starts with not leaning on my own understanding and trusting God with ALL my heart. Life can be very hard. "Finding Hope in Difficult Times" Even in the Darkest Moments, Our God is the God of new beginnings, with Him, nothing is impossible. No matter how fervently I prayed for things to change, each day's events repeated themselves and day after day faded into the next. I sat in my closet reading my Bible one night those words were like a slap in the face. I took it day by day, moment by moment like I'd learned a few years back through that parenting trial. A CAT scan confirmed that my other vertebral artery now had a dissection! David knew that it is hard to avoid fretting. The simple, yet profound truth is that I can do nothing (including trust God) apart from God. I have been receiving your email for a while now and enjoy and share them with my brothers. “Should I live through this, please use this trial to bring joy in my own heart, and help me to spread your message of how to have joy through trials to as many people as possible.”. P.S. So how can I learn to trust in God even when life is really hard and confusing? the loss of my grandpa and the untimely death of a good friend; when I dealt with depression and suicide. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. But… trusting God through a trial isn't done blindly. I truly didn't know if I was going to make it. 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He showed me how precious life really is and under no circumstances should life be taken for granted. Yes, I am called to actively put my trust in God. Specifically, God used the story of how He fed the Israelites through the desert with his daily manna (Exodus 16:1-20) to teach me how he was going to provide for me in this season one day at a time. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand. I’m so broken that even my faith in God has been really shaky but thank God for his word of hope today. Matthew 6:33. Of course, this is utter nonsense. Trusting God in difficult times; trusting God's not for the faint of heart, it's for those who are willing to go the extra mile, to be their brother's keeper. The Answer May Surprise You! God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. What Does It Mean To Fear God? Thank you. Amen!!! I love how John Piper puts it: God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them…Not only may you see a tiny fraction of what God is doing in your life; the part you do see may make no sense to you. There are times when the headaches (a result of the dissections) come back and I'm forced to clear my schedule and rest for a few days. Abraham- Old Testament Bible Story of Faith. I has a son that was murdered on Christmas eve several years ago…that was when I found, I could truly trust God. Listen. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”. I've written a few other inspiring stories about faith in trials, including the loss of my grandpa and the untimely death of a good friend; and a time in college when I dealt with depression and suicide. I went to the emergency room just to make sure I was OK. That's when the doctors told me that I'd developed an incredibly serious condition–a vertebral artery dissection. We have looked at building relationships, the intimacy and sanctity of marriage and this morning look at trusting God when you are in difficult times. I believed that He had a purpose for my scary health conditions. God taught me many things about moment-by-moment faith during that life challenge. And yet, because I know that he’s good and faithful and steadfast and ready to give me grace, I can trust him with my whole heart. So that meant I spent a lot of time alone in the trenches of this trial, carrying this immense emotional and physical burden on my own. And today I'm going to share those stories with you: Stories of how we've learned to have faith during trials, and how God has (a little at a time) taught us to even rejoice in trials. But I'm sharing the choices I made so that you can be encouraged that you can make these choices too. I ask sincerely because I held on for 26 years trusting God would finally do anything good in my life but He has only proven how much He must truly hate me to force this life on me. "Glory of the Martyrs" The Glory of the Martyrs is a vision with a grim beginning that ends in true Spiritual bliss. Each one of these should be in my “trusting God” arsenal, ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice. we didn’t know about spiritual warfare,but we learned very fast. Keep trusting God in the midst of your troubling time! Ann, Obviously I don’t know the situation(s) you refer to but I do know that God does not hate you. 2. -  Designed by Thrive Themes Weak, Weary, Faint Hearted? To top it off, my hard-working husband traveled nearly 50 percent of the time. The psalms are particularly easy to identify with during dark times. Awesome! He even asked God if it was really necessary. You have to take action. But you also have to do one other thing–the thing that most people miss: You have to be real with yourself about WHY its's so hard to find joy and to keep the faith during this difficult life season. Introduction-This morning we continue our series “Nuts and Bolts of life”. Ask those you trust to join you in praying for your need. We must learn how to have a moment-by-moment, day-by-day relationship with God that is built through a daily quiet time. I don’t have the strength or the wisdom to successfully weave through the minefields that I encounter. In a nutshell, my life as a mom became wrapped around helping my then 11-year-old son (who has ADHD and Autism) learn how to cope and function as he went through some extreme emotional issues. This fall marred the original design of God’s creation in many ways. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; … Mark 4:35-4:41. Talk about trusting God for provision! And because of this, I decided that yes, I was going to count it all joy like James 1:2-8 says. That’s probably why the words, “Don’t … 13 Glorious Truths About Who We Are in Christ, 12 LIFE GIVING Bible Verses To Conquer Depression and Hopelessness, 19 PROFOUND Reasons We Should Give Thanks To The Lord, 20 Rock Solid Reasons You Can Trust God Today, 23 POWERFUL Ways To Humble Yourself And Be Blessed, 5 Staggering Ways My Identity In Christ Changes Everything, BANISH Fear: 13 Bible Verses About Fear To Fill You With Peace, Can You Lose Your Salvation? Afterward, he was assigned to a special therapy 3 days a week for 4 hours at a time (at a location over an hour from our home). Through each story I'm going to share Bible verses that encouraged us and talk about how God has used each difficult trial to teach us how to “count it all joy during trials” (James 1:2-4). Curse God and die,’” … Step 1: Don’t Fret. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”. God (and Bible verses about trials and hard times) became my only solace. Trusting God in Difficult Times Psalm 37 * Before we start breaking this passage down section by section, it might be a good idea to read the whole chapter of Psalm 37. God showed his faithfulness with Zechariah and Elizabeth by working to bless their lives even after they waited a long time. Life seems upsidedown for me presently but I trusting God for everything. Thank you for reaching out through God’s word. While we will experience unexpected hardships in our lives, it is crucial for our spiritual health that we continue trusting God as the Bible encourages. Let us throw ourselves on his faithfulness as we do on our beds, bringing all our weariness to his dear rest, Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”. Trusting God in difficult times. There were times that I thought I wasn't physically going to make it. Why Knowing That Jesus Loves You Changes Everything During a Trial, Ep 21: How to Find Hope Through Hard Times (or Through Trials), Ep 5: How to Find Hope When Battling Chronic Illness, Ep 35: Finding Hope After Miscarriage with Abby Burgess, Ep 57: When You Don't Feel God + Wonder Where He Is, Ep 63: Finding Unshakeable Hope in Uncertain Times, Ep 64: When You Doubt Your Faith and Have Questions About God with Robin Dance, Ep 69: What's Going On Inside? The mercies of the Lord never come to end and are new every morning. When I call to mind God’s character, I’m able to trust God even when things don’t make sense. Here are five biblical strategies. You've got to share those questions honestly before God, and then seek HIS WISDOM as found in the Bible for answers. Lord, please give me the grace to trust you for everything. On the ambulance ride to the hospital (as my body was shaking violently from the stroke symptoms) I prayed continually for God's peace. He was incredibly supportive, but he wasn't physically there a lot. This article has brought much relief to my broken spirit. Don't miss this chance to discover–for yourself–how to keep the faith through trials! Hebrews 11 says that he followed God even though he was not sure where he was going. The word of God says: he who the son set free is free indeed. What if I can’t pay the bills? How could I question a God who is unfailingly, unflaggingly faithful? I didn’t want to believe it. Just enter your email below! All we need right now is prayers for God’s mercy and timely intervemtion because I know he sees everything. Thank God for using you to touch and heal lives. I am presently struggling with fear, anxiety and worry while living alone. After 3 days in the ICU, we were suddenly introduced to his new life of counting carbs, testing his blood sugar several times a day, glucose injections and more pills than I could count. Things might not make sense to me, but God knows exactly what he’s doing. Get the FREE 3-day “How to Grow Closer to God” Bible study and get the strength you need to grow in your faith during this time. We clung to Bible verses about trials and hard times in order to survive those first few months of Diabetes. I was utterly spent–emotionally, spiritually and physically. Bottom line: We have hope in God, even in the tough times. I'm a husband, dad, writer. We are often trapped by our unbelief and fear, but God is preparing us for the end-time harvest. Excellent! Help me pray for my daughter who is sick, so that she is healed. Please let me know how I can get messages. And as it turns out, those lessons I learned then about joy in trials were ones I would greatly need for the future. And I can testify to this: God has the ability to bring joy during even the most difficult circumstances! I can be sure that God will continue to sustain me, continue to uphold me, continue to shepherd me to green pastures. I know that God is faithful and He can and will heal her at His time. When would this trial end? Why was this happening to us? P.S. Charles Stanley Radio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus my health was still incredibly unstable and I had ongoing migraines that wouldn't let up. What if I have to deal with this fractured relationship for the rest of my life? Abraham is mentioned several times in the Bible for some of the great things he accomplished, but Romans 4 says that he was saved because of his faith and not because of this works. Follow along online with Bible verses from the message, a place to see Dr. Stanley's sermon notes, and room to take your own! But they’re necessary and useful lessons because not one of us will escape hard times in this life (Heb. What really allows us to keep the faith during trials? Now, what does this have to do with trusting God? In fact, He's calling you to a deeper understanding of how to have joy in all circumstances, and that's only something that you can receive once you've walked through this trial! And of course there was all kinds of opportunities for fear, doubt and worry to steal my faith in God. Bible: 2 Corinthians 4:7-9. Everything on my overcrowded schedule was cleared. It caused us to rebel against Him and engage in denial and self-deception. Stephen, Recently a dear friend was experiencing a major crisis in his life and I shared my “go to” verses with him three of which you quote in this article. The doctors couldn't believe that I now had a second dissection (and had lived to tell about it)! Finding that true friend that would see me through. Ultimately, trusting God is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Here's more about the Spiritual Growth Rhythm™ in this video. It separated us from our Creator and our true nature. We had just noticed his extreme weight loss and extreme thirst. Having faith in God during difficult times can be incredibly hard. Just like Jesus had to make a choice, you and I also have to decide to go through hard times. And so I pray and then I obey. This passage in particular encourages me to call three specific things to mind on a regular basis: The glorious alchemy of God’s steadfastness, faithfulness, and constant mercy compel me to trust God. And it also tells us exactly what to do in those times. Oh what closeness I've developed with God as a result of this trial! I needed to hear and read this today… I was searching on how to trust God when everything or a situation is not changing… the way I would like… it WAS killing me… but after reading this just now, I can honestly say I feel so much better… I knew the truth, but believing in the midst of depression, anxiety, and turmoil is large task… my son is severely depressed and I am so anxious about this and his future and mine too with him. You can read more about that experience here, and find out God not only taught us about how to have faith during hard times but how to grow closer as a couple during times of crisis. One of the most prominent themes of scripture is to trust in God, especially in times when it becomes difficult to do so. Let's talk about how going through trials can strengthen your faith and even bring you more joy! Please pray for me. More than anything, I pray that these stories will encourage you to discover a personal relationship with Jesus, since knowing God is the best way to find hope and joy through trials. By actively calling to mind God’s faithful, steadfast character. And that's why I know the free 3-Day “How to Grow Closer to God” Bible study would be a HUGE blessing for you! And as a bonus, I'll give you FIVE FREE BOOKS as soon as you sign up. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”. It was a scary time. Photos and content may not be reproduced without express written permission from site editor. Jesus did not go to the cross to make your life hell, he did so to release you from it. Fast forward less than a year later, to July 2015. However, I want you to know that not only can our faith grow in times of challenge, but we can discover great joy through trials (some of my favorite Bible verses about joy echo this truth). You want change. In fact, the last four years have been about our family learning how to have faith in God during hard times. Amazon Kindle Edition; Bridges, Jerry (Author); English (Publication Language); 369 Pages - 11/18/2016 (Publication Date) - NavPress (Publisher), Every week you'll get fresh content from me that will stir your faith in God and encourage you to love him more. The simple reality is that I don’t know all the glorious things God is doing in and through my circumstances. But I saw how he built supernatural joy into my heart through this trial. Tribulation tests our identity as Christians – Tribulation tests our identity. Today on Radio Listen to today's radio message from Dr. Charles Stanley. Scripture, or the Bible, is God’s Word. You’re welcome Sue! Alicia is also the creator of the Spiritual Growth Rhythm,™ a simple way for anyone to apply biblical truth and connect with God in less than 10 minutes a day. I’m not smart enough to navigate the dangerous shoals of life. The beliefs we must commit ourselves to when facing suffering are: 1. If I’m going to succeed in trusting God, I must actively, constantly call these truths about God to mind. You touch more lives than you know. But, the good news is that God is always with you. Are You A Bruised Reed? But here’s the thing. The Bible is full of stories of people going through trials and tribulations. Today I can truly say that, yes, trials are difficult and can be horribly painful to endure; but that because of God's presence through them all, you truly can “count it all joy when you face trials” because there is so much beautiful spiritual fruit that comes from a trial! But during a routine doctor's visit, our physician followed a hunch after noticing my husband had a “fruity” odor to his breath (which we later learned is a sign of high blood sugar). That’s exactly what I want to hear! Moses’ understanding would have undoubtedly been grim, but he didn’t rely on that. The prayers of God's people, in agreement, ascend to him like sweet, fragrant incense. | Powered by WordPress, You'll learn a simple 3-step method for connecting with God each day called the, 4 Stories: Keeping Faith in God During Hard Times, free 3-Day “How to Grow Closer to God” Bible study. Friends I can’t stress it enough, God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; regardless of your situation. It’s been a hard journey but God is still good providing medicine for me. I thank God for this its helpful. So sorry to hear about your friend! I need the Holy Spirit to move these glorious truths from my head to my heart. It became downright impossible to do homeschool with him (let alone to help our three other kids who were then 9, 6 and 2). Who is helping you make decisions and walking in life with you through the workings and outcomes of those decisions? The simple reality is that most of the time, I have only a very small grasp of what God is truly doing in my life. 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