We all face difficulties at times. In fact, there are periods where life can seem pretty overwhelming. So, where do you turn? Where can you find strength to get through the hard times?
God is Our Refuge and Strength
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3 NIV
When you search in the Bible, you will find that there are a ton of verses about God giving strength during hard times. In fact, it was quite amazing to me at just how often this theme is repeated. Time and again, God reassures us that He will be a refuge and strength to us when we are in trouble.
God is faithful and true. He never abandons us.
I’ve faced my share of difficulties in life. And I can testify that God has always been there for me. Obviously, He didn’t shield me from hard times, but He has always been there to help me through it. He gives me the strength to endure.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29 NIV
In fact, even though I don’t like hard times, I’ve come to understand that sometimes trial and suffering are good for me. They help me to grow inner strength and they teach me to depend on God.
Seek God for Strength to Endure Difficulties
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
If you are facing hard times, then I would encourage you to humble yourself and seek God in prayer. Even when you’ve created the mess you are in, I’ve found that God is very merciful. He doesn’t necessarily take away all the trouble, but He will give you the strength to get through it.