What’s Inside: Learn in motherhood how staying faithful to God during hard times can grow your relationship with God and strengthen your spiritual growth.
Motherhood is difficult. There are many highs and lows in parenting. No matter what you’re facing, whether it be the children you’re parenting or in your own selves, staying faithful to God during hard times is difficult. How can we stay faithful in a world that brings many hardships and struggles?
In a perfect world, there would be no struggle. There’d be no heartache. Everything would be as it should be. God created the world to be perfect, but it didn’t last. Since the Garden of Eden, people have been struggling with the sins and despair of this world.
God didn’t plan for any of this to be apart of His world, but it is. He wanted to have a place for us to live in harmony with Him forever, but it didn’t last. That’s why He sent His Son to die for us. So that one day, we could be with Him again where there isn’t any sorrow and hopelessness.
Staying Faithful To God During Hard Times
We love God and know that He wants what’s best for us, so how do we stay faithful to Him when we’re going through such a hard time?
1. Understand that God is faithful to us in our time of need
God loves you so much. Scripture is filled with verse about God’s faithfulness to us and His unfailing love. He desires a relationship, and with that relationship, a reflection of who He is inside of us.
Psalm 117:2 says, “Great is his love for us. The Lord is faithful forever. Praise the Lord.”
His love for us is greater than we could ever imagine. In Psalm 36:5, it says that God’s love is as high as the heavens. No one knows how high heaven is, therefore His love has no measure.
“The Lord is faithful forever” – If I’m not mistaken, forever is a really long time. There’s no end to it. We can trust in God’s love and faithfulness.
2. Good, bad, or worse – God cares about everything you go through
You matter to Him. You are precious to Him. I know sometimes you don’t understand why a loving Father would allow hurt and bad to happen to His children. Staying faithful to God during hard times is really hard when you think He should rescue us from difficulty.
He cares about what you’re going through. Maybe He’s waiting for you to lean on Him and ask Him for help? The only way to find out for sure is to pray and wait for Him to answer.
3. Wait for Him
You might be going through something difficult, but God is always with you. He remains faithful. Does it feel like He’s not very close by?
Stay in prayer and wait for Him to answer your prayers. In His perfect time, He’ll answer and He’ll show up in a mighty way.
What Worldly People Do In Hard Times
We now live in a world where we’ve seen chaos in our streets and have witnessed what people are truly capable of. In times of uncertainty and hardship, worldly people who don’t know the power of Christ will take matters into their own hands.
God is not even an afterthought to them. To them, they’re alone with no one to help them but themselves. When times become too difficult to bear, people have often taken their own lives or hurt other people because they don’t know how to handle their grief.
How do those people deal with their grief and hardship without the foundation of God? I honestly can’t tell you. What I can tell you is that you are extremely blessed to have God on your side and know the true freedom you have in Him. That’s worth the praise.
How Christian Moms Are Staying Faithful To God During Hard Times
With you knowing the power of God at your side and having Christ in your heart, you’re set apart from the trials the world faces.
Imagine if you had the same trials you’re facing now, but without having a personal relationship with Jesus. You would be totally adrift. There would be no anchor holding you down.
1. Understand that you are truly blessed to walk alongside God during hard times.
You could be like that worldly person with no hope at all. No one to lean on in times of trouble. You can remain faithful to God by knowing and trusting that He’s always with you, even when you don’t feel Him completely.
2. Rejoice in the Lord, always.
Any kind of sadness or sorrow that you’re going through will be helped when you remain faithful.
Psalm 42:11 says, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” (NIV).
Praise God’s name even in hard times. Praise is good for the soul. Take some time to listen to some praise and worship music. Use a prayer journal to write to God and tell Him all the ways you love Him and what you’re thankful for.
When you take the time to praise God in your suffering, God will show up in remarkable ways. Remember when Paul and Silas were arrested for helping the demon-possessed girl in Acts 16?
They were beaten and shackled and thrown into prison. Yet in their hardship, when they could have wallowed in pity for their circumstances, they sang praise songs to God!
Do you remember what happened while they were lifting their voices in thanksgiving to God? An incredible earthquake shook the jail, opening the prison doors and breaking their shackles off!
God can work in extraordinaries ways when we take the time to show we’re still faithful to Him.
3. Go through your trials with joy and hope.
James 1:2 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (NLT).
Does that mean that you’re supposed to be happy about your heartache? No, definitely not. James goes on to say that God uses the trials and hardships of your life to expand and grow your faith.
How can you keep your faith if everything is always working out well for you? There’s no room for your faith to grow if there aren’t tests involved.
Sometimes the joy doesn’t come until after the trial is over, and that’s where hope comes in. If you keep hoping and have faith that God will see you through, it’ll happen because of your faith.
4. Accept where God has placed you.
God gives us circumstances that allow us to grow closer to Him. He wants to find out who is faithful to Him and who will break under pressure. After all, Heaven is a place for those who have fought the good fight and finished the race. It’s not for everyone to enjoy. It’s for those who truly prove themselves worthy.
He also uses everything for His good. He might be using your trial to help others know Him better. Perhaps what you’re going through might lead someone to Christ. He uses everything to further His Kingdom in some way.
Is your trial worth the pain and the heartache knowing that someone could see God’s glory shine through it? It’s amazing to see God’s hand at work in good and bad times.
We always need to remember that staying faithful to God in hard times isn’t easy, but He will always see us through and use us for His Kingdom purposes.
Have you gone through difficult trials and seen God’s work through them on the other side? Share your story in the comments!