Dexter is a pastor who enjoys reading and studying the Bible to inspire and empower others
Hard times. They are causing you to doubt God, second guess your faith, and have you between a rock and a hard place. The only thing on your mind is where is God.
Where is He, and does He care about your well-being as the Bible says? If so, why is He not helping in the way He should?
You're stressed out, frustrated, hopeless, with nowhere to turn, and perhaps even confused, but I get it. You need answers and you need them right now. How long should you keep waiting on God? Will He come through with deliverance or will He leave you to drown in your troubles?
I know how you feel, and I have often asked these very questions on many occasions. I've been battered, bruised, broken, and felt abandon by God. Many nights I've cried myself to sleep and woke up the next day with a defeated spirit. In fact, many days I'd wished not to wake up; that would've been better than confronting my adversities.
I was restless, nervous, anxious, stressed out, frustrated... but guess what, I made it... I am still here, and those troubles I encountered were all a part of God's plan for a great and mighty deliverance.
I may not have the answers to send your hard times packing with the wind, but I bring good news to revive your spirit, to make you hope in God again. The faith walk has not always been easy, but through persistence, steady prayer, regular meditation on God's words, and patience, I've gained some valuable insights that will hopefully help you to stand firm and hold on to your faith during these testing times.
For what it’s worth, God does deliver His people from hardships. But for some if not most of us—His deliverance is too often a distant reality. But there is hope, God is true, just, and faithful. And from experiences, He doesn’t necessarily operate with our time frame (though we wish he would). But the bottom line is—He delivers His people. In my article “8 Bible Verses About Strength: God's Word for Faith in Hard Times” I shared how hard times almost got the better of me, but through the grace and mercy of God, Christ favored me. Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
We may never be able to explain why God allows us to go through hardships. Maybe He’s teaching us patience as He did with Joseph, Jacob, and David. They all experienced their fair share of hardships until God intervened. But in most cases, hardships are experiences that we can use to build, strengthen, and exercise our trust in God. But from the devil’s perspective, hardships are meant to steal our joy, faith, and hope in God.
To get through hard times with our faith intact, we must view hard times from God’s point of view. God has a proven and undisputed track record for delivering His people right on time, and the Bible is the best witness of it. The Bible is filled with God’s goodness and deliverance, from His blessing to Abraham and Sarah with a child in their old age after they waited 25 years, to His deliverance of Daniel from the lion’s den.
God is not a respecter of persons or positions, the same way He would deliver Kings in palaces is the same way He will deliver frustrated souls in unbearable situations. God truly loves us, and He has shown time and time again that He will do whatever necessary to bless us.
God hasn’t brought you this far to abandon you now, He will see you through the troubled sea, so allow these seven Bible verses for faith in hard times to help you hope again.
1. Psalm 46:1
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
A refuge is a hiding place, a place of comfort and rest. According to this text, God is our refuge and strength. We are encouraged by the psalmist to hope, trust, and exercise confidence in God.
In your tough times—you are asked to make God your refuge and strength. Terrible things may have occurred in your life. Declining health, lack of finance, abusive spouse, family trouble, or joblessness—just to name a few. Whether they were caused by the devil, by men, or even by ourselves—God remains your place of refuge and strength.
From experience, the devil will use discouragement as a mean to frustrate you. And when you are discouraged and frustrated you will feel lonely and hopeless. When this happens—you are putting your already fragile situation into the devil’s hands— which will ultimately reap sorrow and grief.
At all cost, you must trust and exercise faith in God. Though the world may seem unfair, and your life hopeless—you must, even if it is with your last breath seek refuge and comfort in God. In God, you will find peace, comfort, and encouragement—He will help you.
2. Isaiah 43:2
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."
At times God will allow you to experience hardships. Not that He takes pleasure in your difficulties. But He wants you to see how strong you can become when you put your faith and trust in Him.
God is a God of strength and power, He is the Most-Hight. You are His child, and it is reasonable that you possess similar characteristics as your Heavenly Father.
When God allows you to go through tough times—it’s not to destroy you, but to make you stronger in faith.
As hard, or even unfair as it may seem grasp that God allows hardships—it’s true. The story of Job in the Bible is a perfect example of how God allows is children to go through hard times.
But hardships is not the end of your life—it’s a pathway that leads to victory and breakthroughs. At the end of your struggles - there are blessings, favors, comfort, peace, and added strength waiting on you.
There is a season for everything under the sun. This may be your season of hardships, but every season has an end, so take comfort in these encouraging words of faith.
Truly, God is with you amidst your season of hardship. God is faithful, and He will see you through the turbulence of life—you can trust Him, you can wait in faith on Him.
3. Proverbs 18:10
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe."
Are you going through a never-ending wilderness experience? If you answer yes to this question—consider what this verse says. The first phrase says “The name of the Lord is a strong tower.” A tower; also called a watchtower is a tall structure built from a vantage point to spot incoming danger from a distance. A tower represents a place of protection and preservation; it’s a beacon of hope in the thick darkness of the wilderness.
The name of the Lord is our tower, whatever your situation is—God has a name to meet our condition.
If you are struggling financially: God’s name is Jahweh Yireh (Jehovah Jireh)—the Lord will provide
If you are sick: God‘s name is - Jehovah Rapha—your healer, the Lord who heals you.
If you are anxious, and your mind is restless: God’s name is Yahweh Shalom (Jehovah Shalom)—the God of peace
If you are fearful: God’s name is—Yahweh Nissi (Jehovah Nissi)—the lord is your banner
If you have doubts about God‘s abilities to deliver you—His name is El Shaddai—God almighty
If you feel abandoned: God’s name is El Elyon—God who sees
Now the second part of this verse says “the righteous run into it and are safe.” The righteous find comfort in God when life gets rough. It does not matter the stage of life you are in right now—the tower’s door is wide open—run in and allow God’s love and peace to comfort you while life’s storms pass over.
4. Philippians 4:6
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
It’s easy to become overly anxious when the life you work so hard to build, or the good life you seek to build becomes uncertain and bleak.
It’s not that you aren’t strong enough to deal with difficult situations. But in most cases, the elements of shock and surprise that hardship brings, especially sudden hardship cripples and condemn the mind to fear.
it's never a nice experience when you are fearful and anxious about anything —let alone the wellbeing of your lives.
But this text inspires hope, it is urging you to bring whatever is causing you to be anxious before God.
The Bible says that God is a father who will give you exactly what you ask of Him. This means that He wants to hear in detail what is troubling you. Not that He doesn’t know—but it's with the intent that you may see that He is able to meet all your needs specifically.
It’s when you witness firsthand the deliverance of God that you discover faith and for some, great faith.
5. 1 Peter 5:7
"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
A great travesty of the devil is to make you believe that God doesn’t hear your prayers for help—it’s a lie, and you must never, not for a moment believe such perversion.
In fact, according to this verse, God cares, and He is so concerned about you that He encourages you to bring all your troubles and cares before Him.
At times, we can become so preoccupied with what is going wrong in our lives that we forget that God is quite able to solve our problems. But in most instances, this is only possible when we bring our troubles in prayer before God.
The prayer of faith has the power to move the hands of God to do something on our behalf. If that doesn't encourage you—consider that God is patiently waiting for you to seek His help—He wants to help you.
6. Romans 8:38-39
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Faith is a byproduct of love. It was through love that God sent His son Jesus Christ into this world to die for our sins and in so doing introduced the virtue of faith.
The whole idea behind these verses is to encourage us to have faith in God
Reading these verses, it is as though God wants us to know that Jesus did not endure such harsh punishment as He did here on earth so that hardships may overpower us.
But instead, God wants us to draw comfort and inspiration from these verses. These verses reveal how God thinks about us. God has placed a high value on our lives, and nothing past, present, future, visible, or invisible, dead or alive can pay the price to earn the right to destroy our lives.
Jesus Christ died once and for all, He paid the price for our lives, and He is adamant that nothing will ever be able to separate us from Him and His love.
Amid our hard times, let's keep our eyes upon the Lord and our faith in God.
7. Hebrews 12:2
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
You were called to have faith in God. But what is faith? Faith simply put, is to believe in the integrity of something, in this case, God.
This verse says that you should look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith. But what does this mean? This means that God will finish what He started in you. You did not call yourselves to salvation in the first place, but it was God who called you.
God is the architect of your faith, and as such, He is responsible to carry you when you have reached the end of your strength.
What that understanding you should take confidence in the fact that when there is no more strength left in you to go on—God will finish what He started. He will not leave you halfway through life, but He will see you through the full journey of life - He has brought you too far to abandon you now.
You are God’s child; He says to endure the discomfort and look onto Him. It’s when you focus your attention on God amidst hardships that you find joy, peace, and strength for your weary soul.
I have always had difficulty comprehending the first part of this scripture. Why are the righteous afflicted? What about the old proverbs "do good and good will follow you." But then I read "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it is tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:"(2 Peter 1:7)
Based on what bible says here "Satan, who is the god of this world"(2 Corinthians 4:4) it's clear that the devil is in control of this world as God allows. And as such, we are the devil's top target—he's always trying to bring storms of troubles into our lives with the intent that we may lose faith and give up on God, but the last part of the scripture gives us hope, it says "but the Lord delivers him from them all."
So in spite, the hardships being experienced right now—God will deliver you. it's just a matter of waiting until God shows up and rescue you. However, waiting on God will be a stern test of your patience and strength. You may get frustrated at times, or even tired, but you must never give up. In the end, God will renew your strength, He will give you double for your troubles.
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Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on December 21, 2018:
Our prayers are always answered, but not always in ways we expect or instantly recognize. God's love is always there. Great article. Thanks.
Liz Westwood from UK on December 21, 2018:
You have gathered together a great set of verses here. Isaiah 43 is a favourite of mine. Thanks for the encouragement.