Living Through Tough Times

All of us have had tough times in our lives.  When you are living the difficult days do you ever wonder why you are dealing with the difficulties?   Often we hear someone speak of having a “streak of bad luck.”  Do you think Job would have attributed his difficulties to bad luck?  When Paul was in a Roman prison do you think he would have said, “That’s just how it goes sometimes.”  We know this is not the case.

Job went through the things he faced for a reason.  Paul was in a Roman prison because of God working in his life.  God works in the lives of those who seek to walk with Him.

Examining the life of Joseph can be a faith building experience.  Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers.  He was then falsely accused because he refused to allow sin in his life.  As he waited in prison he was forgotten.  If anyone had the right to complain, it was Joseph.  Through it all he continued to trust God.

When times are tough there is a reason.  God could be preparing us for something better in the future.  This was the case with Joseph.  God could be allowing us to touch someone else’s life.  Maybe God is allowing difficulties to bring us back to Him.  Whatever the reason God remains in control.

The following are a list of principles that will allow us to deal with tough times:

  • God is with us through tough times. Psalms 23:1-4 gives us knowledge that no matter how tough or who caused it, God is with us.
  • God has a purpose for allowing the tough times. Romans 8:28 tells us that “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”  This doesn’t mean only good things happen to God’s people.  What it does mean is that God will use all that happens to us for our good.
  • The darkness will last only as long as is necessary for God to prepare you. All darkness is preparation if we respond appropriately. Joseph did not understand, yet he remained faithful.  God is often working to prepare us for something better.  How long do times remain tough?  The remain difficult as long as we fight God’s purpose.
  • We learn more in hard times than in the easy. We become what God wants when we are in difficult circumstances.  Metal is tempered when the heat is applied.  We mature when we are tested.
  • Even in dark times we are walking toward the light if we continue to walk in the light. Take Joseph as an example.  God was preparing him to save his family and nation.  Don’t underestimate what god has in mind.  Continue to focus on God because the best is yet to come.  Even in the darkest night there is a ray of hope.

The next time you are dealing with tough times rather than complain ask this question, “What is God preparing me to do?”  Remember this, “What we learn in darkness we can share in the light.”

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7 Responses to Living Through Tough Times

  1. Wonderful…thanks!

  2. Thanks for reading.

  3. christina says:

    I know you’ve been busy and hadn’t had a chance to look at the poetry book yet, but here’s a poem from it.

    My Light Through the Darkness
    As I sit wondering why,
    Time goes by.
    Then I wonder how, and why the time is now.
    When my thoughts recollect,
    I have such respect.
    Now is the hour,
    To witness God’s power.
    How is God’s pwer seen on earth?
    This place of water and dirt…
    Since Jesus went up in the cloud,
    We must be seen aloud.
    A light to shine for Him.
    They’ll know we’re His children,
    Because our light won’t be dimmed.
    AS He lit the world with the Son,
    He gave us an example for salvation to be won.
    As darkness turns into night,
    I know without Him,
    There would be no light.

    Enjoy! And remember that you are a ray from His light. Thank you for always having something that relates to life to talk about. Christina

  4. Thanks!

  5. Guy says:

    Sometimes it is hard to remain hopeful.

  6. Guy, keep in mind our hope isn’t in ourselves but in God. He controls it all.

  7. Dennis says:

    Guy,
    I couldn’t tell if your comment was a general observation or a personal feeling of hopelessness.
    If it was a general observation, I agree with you totally–“Sometimes it is hard to remain hopeful”. Satan is running wild and shows no mercy.
    If it was a personal feeling of desperation, my heart goes out to you at this time of personal struggle. I’m pulling for you and praying for two things. I’m asking God to give you strength to make it through this tough stretch and I’m asking him to bless you abundantly in the days, months and years ahead.
    Sincerely, Dennis

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