Life can seem very hard and unfair at times.
When facing the loss a job, a divorce, illness, or some other serious problem, you might begin to ask yourself “when will God help me?” It may even get to the point where we may start to feel abandoned and alone.
And then someone like me, a friend of yours, or a minister comes along and tells you “to have faith in God because God will never leave you or let you fall completely” or that “this is the time He is working to make you stronger.” But to you these are only words. Your situation may seem so desperate that you cannot even relate to this.
Rather than just relying on the words others give you that seem to just be “words” without any basis in reality, look to the testimony from others who have previously been in similar situations as you find yourself now.
I previously went through an extraordinary time when it seemed as if the world was crashing in around me. God came to my rescue and I hadn’t even realized it until afterward when I had time to sit back and reflect on the whole ordeal. I wrote about this in my article called “Turning Obstacles into Opportunities” which can be read here
What I have learned is that God is with us all of the time even when we might not feel Him close to us. In fact, it seems to me that the times that I might feel He is not as close to me as I think He should be or would like Him to be is because I don’t recognize that those are the times He is working the hardest for me. I might get so wrapped up in my own despair that I don’t take time to slow down and feel Him close to me.
Sometimes keeping your faith in God can be very difficult. There are times that become so trying that you can’t imagine that He is even still with you. In fact, you may even feel that God might be testing you.
In the Bible we find the story of Job. Job is tested to see how far he could be pushed before He curses God. Job’s family, wealth, and health are taken from him. In fact, Job becomes such a broken man that at one point he even says:
"I cry out to you, O God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.” Job 30:20
We have all been in circumstances where this might sound quite familiar to us. But in Job’s case, even though he may question God’s actions and, in fact, express anger and frustration with God, he never speaks ill of God, questions God’s existence, or the fact that God is his advocate:
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” Job 13:15
Job also says:
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25
In the end, we find that through Job’s trials, Job learns to see God more clearly and that Job loves God despite everything he has been put through and as a reward God returns to Job everything taken from him and more.
It is through stories such as Job’s and the testimony of others who have gone through trials before us that we can gain some comfort that we are not alone in troubled times.
Take some time to read through the comments others have shared with us both on The Whisper of God website which can be found at www.TheWhisperofGod.com and The Whisper of God facebook page which can be found at www.facebook.com/TheWhisperofGod . In these comments you will find testimonies from others who have traveled the road of trial and tribulation before you.
Through these stories you can see how others came out stronger when they reached the other end of their journey. These stories that will help you keep the faith that God is always working for you.
Keeping the faith while going through troubling times may be one of the most difficult things to do. Yet keeping the faith is exactly what will help get you through those troubling times.