When do we need to exercise the most faith: in hard times or in easy times? The answer is obvious. And in those hard times, whatever they may be, we need to remember that we have a Savior. He is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He has walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and He will never leave us or forsake us. He loves us.
During hard times we need to think like Christians. Whether we call it a difficulty, an affliction, a grief, a hard providence, or a trial, we must not attribute hard motives to God. “What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10).Â The Bible is full of promises to and for us as God’s people. It is our covenant document. The Bible belongs to us. While the unbeliever stands outside God’s promises,Â we are privileged to claim them as our own. They are written down for us so that we can lean on them in hard times.
God uses affliction for our good in many ways. We all can look back on difficulties and thank God for the way He delivered us, how He cared for us, and how much He taught us through them. These things are good to recount to ourselves when we are inÂ hard places. These things are good for our souls. If we walk through hard times by faith, looking to our Savior in the midst of troubles, He uses these things to strengthen and fatten our souls.
Don’t be fearful. Write down some Bible verses that apply to your situation. Pick a book or a chapter or a psalm and start reading. You will be surprised how many verses speak straight to your need. Don’t look in at your own pitiful resources; that will only discourage you. Don’t look out at your troubles (that is what Peter did when he looked at the waves); that will only distract you and worry you. Look to Christ. Keep your eyes on Him. He began this good work in you, and He will graciously see it to the finish.