How to Trust in God When Life is Tough
I understand that it can be very difficult to trust in God in times of darkest, toughest and hardest situations in life such as sudden death of a loved one, a family member acquiring incurable disease, or financial breakdown, etc. During these kinds of times, it can be hard to even think that God still cares, or that He hears you. And it is in these times that the devil will bombard you with thoughts that would try to kill, steal and destroy – your life, relationships, your joy, and faith in God. I would like to encourage you that many believers are also experiencing and going through the same kinds of experiences. You are not alone. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
When going through great suffering and trial, here are some ways for you to be able to still trust in God no matter what is happening in your life:
- Stop meditating, thinking and magnifying the problem in your life and start re-focusing your eyes on the Lord Jesus and in what He can do.
The devil wants you to focus on the tough issues and problems in your life and dwell on it so that he can depress you, stress you, and oppress you. But God would want you to fix your eyes upon Him, upon Jesus no matter what is happening in your life because His peace will guard your mind and heart (read Phil. 4:7). When you have the peace of God in your life, no matter the situations, you will always come out victorious through Christ.
- Hold on fast to God’s Word and in His promises even more when storms of life are hitting you.
In order to be able to resist the devil, you must meditate on God’s Word daily and even more during the most difficult times in your life. Declare the Scripture to that which is the problem. For example, if you feel that God is abandoning you (which is a total lie coming from the devil), declare this Scripture: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deut. 31:6). Remember that when the devil tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, he too used the Scripture and declared it over the enemy. As a result, the devil left and Jesus was victorious and ever more powerful.
- Seek the peace of God above all else for this will crush Satan under your feet.
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” (Rom 16:20).
Pray at all times and ask that the peace of God would come into your heart. When God’s peace rules inside you more than the chaos surrounding you, it brings terror to the whole of hell just as Jesus Christ rules with the peace of God in his heart and accomplished the great mission to save mankind from sins and eternal death.