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Sundown Devotional: Faith Through the Tough Times

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Wild Waves. Free-Photos

Wild Waves. Free-Photos

The Devotional

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT)

Have you ever been to a familiar place, only to be surprised later that you cannot give directions for someone else to get there? You do not remember the street names along the route, but you can get there again. Such is my experience in my journey of faith, and it may be yours. We are not able to explain every step, but we know that our faith in God has carried us through some tough times.

The tough times we face in 2020 are unprecedented. Lockdowns, social distancing, masks and gloves are strange and uncomfortable. Stay-at-home mandates are threatening our sanity. The news of victims to the coronavirus who have died alone, and buried without ceremony have caused us to grieve in advance of what could be. Yet, despite the threats to our physical and mental health, we know that our faith in God can take us again, to the place where we find refuge and experience peace.

While we comply with the instructions which have been provided for our safety, we do well to exercise faith in the promise of God's protection. We have extra time at home to cuddle with Him, and learn from Him how to grow an increasing faith:

from a beginner’s faith which is an ask-believe-receive exercise;

and an intermediate faith which is an ask-believe-(fight obstacles)-receive battle;

to a faith which is an ask-believe (whether or not we receive) surrender.

The primary reward of mature faith is not the end of tough times; it is the joy and satisfaction of being faithful. God is with us in the tough times, and no matter how far down the disaster pushes us, we trust Him to hold us up in the comfort of His everlasting arms. In His presence, we have good times even in the bad times. Let's place our faith in Him.

Prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, we pray with thanksgiving that You will lead us to a life of complete trust and faith in You. We thank You for holding us up physically, mentally and spiritually and for being our eternal refuge, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let your life reflect your faith.

Let your life reflect your faith.

Ten Encouraging Quotes on Faith

  1. "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” ―St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. “Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness—this is the kind of faith God values perhaps most of all. . . This is the kind of faith that cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.” ―Nancy Guthrie
  3. “But the more you make the choice to live above your feelings, to trust God instead of what you may feel like doing, the stronger your faith becomes. It’s not about being perfect. We will always been on a journey of growing closer to God.” ―Tim Tebow
  4. “Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God's word, and trust the process.” ―Germany Kent
  5. “Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!” ―Latoya Alston
  6. “Belief will open the door, faith will help you see the light, but trust will lead you to the promised land.” ―Charles F. Glassman
  7. “I don't have a lot of time for worry, because I accept that if I'm truly powerless to do something about the situation or change the circumstances; I have an abundance of faith that makes me know I can trust God to work it out." ―Kianu Starr
  8. “When thick clouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living faith pierce the darkness, and scatter the clouds. True faith rests on the promises contained in the word of God.”―Ellen G. White
  9. “Build a strong faith in God through daily commitment in reading and obeying God's word.” ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  10. "There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever." ―Mahatma Gandhi
We walk by faith, not by sight.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

More Sundown Devotionals

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  • Sundown Devotional: Trust and Commitment
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© 2014 Dora Weithers

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