Having Faith Even When It’s Hard

Today’s post comes from a place that I know all too well. I haven’t mastered this yet and if I’m being honest this is something I struggle with on the regular. God put it on my heart to discuss this because I am sure I am not alone with this one.

To understand faith and how it works let’s start with what it means. Faith is defined as having “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). That comes straight from the bible but what it means to me is believing that God will pull you through whatever you are going through. It’s believing that he is always working on your behalf even when it doesn’t feel that way. It’s believing that things are going to work out for the greater good.

This is where things start to get shaky; just because you have faith in things working out, that doesn’t mean God is going to show you his hand play by play. This is where your trust has to step in. He says in Proverbs 3:5-6,

Let’s dig into this. To trust in him wholeheartedly is to know that He will deliver on all his promises. God wants what is best for us. He is L O V E. Y’all know the verse, “love is patient, love is kind. It doesn’t envy, it doesn’t boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Do you see that? He has told us over and over again that he is not looking out for himself. He doesn’t settle the score. He is perfect. We can’t let the imperfect people who are not capable of being God ruin our perception of trust is.

This is where I struggle, I associate trust with man. When ‘man’ isn’t GOD. Trusting in him and trusting in them…are NOT the same. It’s almost impossible to fathom that something so perfect exists, but that’s exactly what it is! Don’t just take my word for it; look back your life. Is there any situation God did not come through for you? I am not asking if it went the way you wanted. Did he not pull you through? Having faith is knowing that no matter how hard, impossible, painful, a situation may be… God will deliver us through.

Here are some things you can do when you’re struggling to keep your faith:

Pray

Prayer can be so personal and powerful. It’s how we communicate with God. This is where you can just open up, be vulnerable, communicate your thoughts, goals, and dreams. God knows your heart, so there is nothing you say that will surprise him. If you don’t know how to pray, no worries. Start with the Lord’s Prayer!

Get in touch with your environment

God speaks to us in many ways, one way is through nature. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I find myself going to the beach, on a hike, or anything outdoors that can give me a place to just listen for Him to speak to me.

Seek guidance from those you love

We have people in our lives who are full of insight and knowledge, it’s okay to talk to the people you trust. God has a funny way of putting the right people in your life at the right time.

Make sure that when he responds, you’re listening!

You have to be open to what He has to say. God isn’t just going to tell you what you want to hear. I’ve seen the quote, “when God tells you no, it’s because he has something better in store for you.” We KNOW that to be true. Open your heart and your mind to his words.

Praise and Worship

I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of church is praise and worship. Music makes me feel alive. When I am going through it sometimes I just turn the music up and fall to my knees and worship the King. Give it a try!

Read the Word!

The Bible is direct access to God. He has put everything we need to know in there. It’s only right that we take the time to read it. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim.3:16-17). The best way to learn yourself is to learn about Him first. You can easily download the free Bible app in any app store.

Devotional

There are so many daily devotional books out there that will help keep you encouraged during good times, as well as the bad. Find one that looks interesting to you and check out a few passages when you get the chance. It’s just another way to read the word without being overwhelmed. I love these because they really break down individual scriptures and examples of how they are applied.

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