Learn how to remain steadfast in times of trouble, and to rejoice in the Lord, even in the midst of tribulation. Praising God in the storm is easier said than done. Yet when we are drowning in the storms of life, we cling to God for refuge, and in most cases, we are drawn into a closer relationship with Him. It is in the times of utter hopelessness that we turn to God and seek His face more than ever. Why is that? What is the determining factor that pushes our devotion time into overdrive as soon as trouble comes our way?
Your Refuge In Times of Trouble
Psalm 9:9 says: “The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (NLT). One of the most amazing things about God’s character is that He is omnipotent and never-changing. How comforting to know that even though everything around us crumbles to pieces, we can still find refuge in the God of our salvation, who not only remains constant from beginning to end, but promises to shield us in times of tribulation. Remember, though, that God does not promise to take the tribulation or trial away. He merely states that in it, He will be our strength, protection, and safeguard.
Your Ever Present Help In Time of Need
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (NIV). Imagine the impact this verse will have when it goes from being head knowledge and turns into knowledge of the heart. When you realize that God is ever-present in the good and bad times, then you will not depend on your roller-coaster religiosity to build your faith during trying times, but rely fully on the merciful, all-encompassing strength of the Father who loves you, knows you, and holds you.
This Too Shall Pass
Lamentations 3:22-24 “His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” (KJV). Even though your darkest hour may seem to linger on for eternity, and though at the start of it you may not see a resolution, you can be sure of one thing: this too, shall pass. When times of trials encompass our thought-patterns, darken our outlook, and stir fear into our hearts, we seldom focus on the truth, but rather succumb to the paralyzing lies of fear. Regardless of how the next few hours, days, weeks, or even months play out, the truth still remains the truth. God’s mercies are new every morning, and His faithfulness will guard your hope.
Embrace The Storm
Embracing trials and tribulations is not a sign of defeat. On the contrary, it’s a sign of victory. Instead of circumstances dictating your method of operation, take control by positioning your faith and hope where it matters most. Look at every experience as a vast field of knowledge through which your true test of character shines forth.
A Time For Transformation
Even so, it is well with my soul. Through great loss comes great transformation. The level of transformation will depend on your acceptance of it. There is no other way. It is when our hearts are broken, our souls shaken, our minds exhausted, and our faith tested that we step out a new, transformed being. Whether in this life or the next.