Unfortunately, one of the best things to help a person grow in their faith is adversity.
Belief and trust flow with ease when life is butterflies and kisses. But let the car break down, the basement flood, lose your job, fail a test, get dumped, and then see how easy it is to know without a doubt God has you covered.
That’s exactly how faith works. Believing when you can’t see. Hoping when it seems hopeless. Choosing to trust God instead of how awful life looks.
I think sometimes we expect it to be easy. We’ve heard about God’s deliverance in the nick of time for others. How someone didn’t have the money to pay their bills and then an envelope appeared on their doorstep.
Those are beautiful stories of God’s provision, and we kind of expect it to happen for us just like that. But sometimes what we think is the nick of time is actually just the beginning of a long road we must navigate.
That’s what gets us.
We’re fine to trust God and have faith for a while, but when his answer doesn’t come the way we think it will or when we think it should, we grow weary, doubt him, and forget. We forget the whole point of faith is to believe anyway, to trust still, to move forward knowing God is there. He will show up.
A key element to all of this is knowing God. The more you know Him, the more solid your foundation will be. We get to know him through his word, other people, and how He works in our own lives.
Knowing the vastness and surety of God’s love can help as we traverse the hardships and struggles of life. It’s hard to have faith in someone you don’t even know.
Sometimes our own experiences are so limited we must depend on others for understanding. When we hear their stories of God’s deliverance and help, it strengthens us.
He has been faithful to them. He will be faithful to us. We can trust him. It just might not happen exactly for us like it did for them.
The stories in the Bible will do this also. As we read about God’s faithfulness through the ages, we see how he helped those who trusted in Him.
It’s even an encouragement to know not everyone in the Bible received an answer to their prayer. Not everyone saw the victory for which they’d hoped. But still they remained faithful. They trusted.
And God proved to be enough.
Our faith in the almighty God of the universe will be tested when adversity plows us down. But take heart, dear friend, there is hope.
Sometimes all we may have is a verse. A single string of words reminding us of God’s promises. Cling to his words. Hold on to truth. Trust in Him, and read these verses.
God uses his word to help us have faith when our own trusting wavers.
Psalms 1:1 – 1:2
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalms 34:17 – 34:18
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
Psalms 3:3 – 3:4
“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.”
“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”
Psalms 17:6 – 17:8
“I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,”
Psalms 103:13 – 103:14
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Psalms 126:5 – 126:6
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Psalms 62:1 – 62:2
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.”“He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.”
Psalms 62:5 – 62:8
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
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