Finding Strength and Courage Through Tough Times -Part 2
In Part 1, I shared a bit of my personal testimony. Not knowing better in the years gone by, I must say that I missed the opportunity to see that the pain of my past was divine, it was for a purpose and it was and still is connected to my destiny. Truth is, you have absolutely no control over your past, and neither does your past have control over you now or in the future, except that is, you allow it to control your thoughts, emotion and your actions. Life was meant to be the way you experienced it.
The world as we know it today is marred and broken, yes. There are broken government systems, failed economies and health care systems that are in shambles. Financial hardship is on the rise more than ever before – It has no regard for race, skin color or religious beliefs. Christians and non Christians are affected.
There is conflict in the workplace. There is sadness from broken relationships, and so many broken families. It’s little wonder then that we have been plunged into the tough times leaving many in desperation and despair.
You and I can make plans in order to avoid such experiences as we go through each phase in our life. But the final outcome is still entirely in the hands of the architect and the one who holds the blueprint for each one of us.
So how do you find strength and courage through tough times?
1.) Let faith be your guiding light – faith give birth to ‘substance’ (dreams, vision, purpose, goals) and all that you hope for, not your feelings. Your feelings is an unreliable way to gauge your outcome. You must make a conscious choice to believe God, that all things will work in your favor in the end. It doesn’t matter how you feel as you are going through your hardships, God loves you and He will never leave you nor forsake you.
2.) Don’t try to resist your suffering, but let each one teach you so you can learn and grow through them – God allow suffering and hardship to build up your character so that you become more like Christ. It advances His purpose in you. Hardships produces the ‘flame’ that removes the things that hinders growth and spiritual development. So accept the fact that you will have suffering and simply trust God instead of trying to avoid what He is doing in your life.
3.) ‘Why’ is never the right question, but ask God ‘what’ or ‘who’ – Asking ‘why’ does not guarantee an answer in this lifetime or the one to come. True that Jesus asked His Father ‘Why has thou forsaken me?” But He surrendered His will in the end and died for all humanity. So realize that many times your suffering is not about you, but someone else whose pain you are bearing. Your hardships is a means of drawing closer to God
4.) Surrender your hardship to God through prayer and read His promised word – Prayer invites and draws God’s presence, His peace and His comfort into your life. Prayer builds a shield around your faith while it allows you to you hear the gentle whisper of God giving you new direction while He reassures you that it will work out for your good.
5.) There are some obvious sources of ones hardship – God’s discipline, the cost of discipleship, consequences of a foolish decision, God’s judgement upon a rebellious nation, or just life’s troubles as a result of a fallen world. Identifying the possible source from among these for which you are suffering, bring strength and courage. Where ever you have fallen short, especially through sin, repent so that you can enjoy a better life through Christ.
OVER TO YOU….
What is that one take away moment for you? What would you add to this list? Leave your thoughts in the comment form below.
photo by: La Bele
These are all very good points! And definitely things that I have to remind myself of whenever I am going through. At this point in my walk I am really (like really, really) learning how important it is to turn hardships over immediately prayer before opening my mouth to discuss them in any other context. It’s so easy to let words contrary to the Word slip out, but thankfully the Holy Spirit is training my faith reflexes!
Thank you for sharing this list or helpful reminders 🙂
Hi Leigh, happy to have you. A valuable contribution you’ve made to this discussion. “..the Holy Spirit is training my faith reflexes” ‘jumped’ out at me. There is such a thin line between speaking contrary words in our moments of hardship as opposed to speaking words of faith, hope and life. That is where the grace of repentance and forgiveness comes in. Thanks for connecting.
What a beautiful reminder! We all go through hard things in life and it’s so true that turning them over to the Lord frees us! We may still have pain but He is in control! Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!
Thanks Susannah for stopping by and leaving your kind words of encouragement. Very much appreciated. Great connecting with you also. Blessings!
This is so good! Thanks for being honest and transparent! I think it’s all about seeking Him… the more we do the more he empowers us with joy and peace!!! So glad you linked up!
Thank you Kate for visiting and adding more value to the conversation. I agree it’s about seeking Him. He gives us His peace that surpasses our understanding that even through the worst of our storms, we can all smile. God bless you! 🙂
This is great, Yvonne. A lot of wisdom. I especially related to not letting feelings guide you, but faith instead. So hard- but so true! Thanks for the encouragement!
Hi Kate, it will become a lot ‘easier’ once we learn how important it is to let go and to trust God. It was not an easy thing for me to do for sure – but just like how we throw a little baby up in the air faith tells us we will catch that baby and he/she will not fall, so it is that no matter what test and trial we face, God will not allow us to be destroyed. Let us continue to trust and hope while we encourage each other on this journey. We will make it! 🙂
Good point–“why is never the right question.” But its so hard to practice and remember. Sometimes–especially when things are so difficult–God seems far away.
It’s always a great reminder that we are loved and that his strength is always there for us
Hi Ann, a warm welcome and thanks for stopping by. You have raised a very good point here too – God seems so far away, especially when things are difficult. I felt that more so recently, but His gentle whisper back to me reassured me that He was right there. And it is also what He says in His word that HE will never leave us nor forsake us. Thanks for connecting. Blessings!
I think there’s a lot of freedom is accepting your past and deciding that it won’t control your future. I don’t always do a good job of that, but I’m constantly trying 🙂
You are so right Trish. It took a lot of courage and God’s grace in the process that I was able to get rid of all the guilt and shame. It will get easier for you with time especially once you realize you are not the only one. I pray that God will strengthen and empower you and cause faith to arise in you to know that it will work in your favor in the end. Don’t ever loose hope! 🙂