When situations started to get tough, I began to skip having my devotions in the morning. I began to feel depressed and felt like I 'couldn't be bothered'. If only I had made the effort to stay focused on Jesus, I wouldn't have felt the way I did and it would have been easier to see through the eyes of faith, instead of unbelief. One day, I felt the Lord say to me, “Your faith is strong when things are going well, but what about when times are hard, like now? That is when you need Me most”. I felt ashamed. Just when I needed my Saviour most, I had pushed Him aside - I had given in to the enemy and allowed my feelings to take over. Jesus taught me that it's when times are difficult we most need to keep our eyes on Him, and search the scriptures for encouragement and help to grow. God sends us challenges to make us better people, not to destroy us. When we face hard times, it's so easy to dwell on the bleak side of things, instead of 'counting our blessings' and keeping our eyes fixed on the Lord.
Persevering is one of the most important virtues we can ever learn as Christians - it takes perseverance to run the race of life. Giving up with a defeatist attitude can spoil our whole relationship with Christ. Instead, we can see through the eyes of faith and cling closer to Christ. It's all about having the right mindset. Are we going to face our troubles with unbelief and depression, or with joy and perseverance?
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1v2-4) Wow! What a difference! We are to count it pure joy when we face trials! Instead of having the attitude that says, "God doesn't care about me!" and "Things couldn't be worse!" we are to say, "What valuable lesson is God teaching me here?" and "Praise the Lord for this learning experience; that He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me!"
Trusting in God is the key to a successful relationship with Christ. God doesn't want us to have things easy all the time, because He wants us to depend on Him. What would our faith be to God if it wasn't tested from time to time?
Remember, when things look bleak, don't despair. We can't always see the whole picture, but God can, and He loves us and won't leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1v9). How comforting to know that we have a Friend to be with us and see us through the hard times!
This post was sent in by Rebekah Driscoll who is one of our readers.