This morning I was thinking about how easy it is to believe God for things, yet when we go through hard times our faith can be shaken, and we aren’t believing anymore. When we think about believing God, it’s typically believing God for something and not in the middle of something. As I was thinking, I remembered a verse Pastor Steve Solomon preached on years ago.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 NKJV “In the day of prosperity be joyful, But in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.”
This verse allows us comfort in life, to know that God is working in the good and the bad. When we experience prosperity, we should not feel guilty. Conversely, when facing adversity, we should not feel condemned. Prosperity and adversity come from God and serve a purpose.
It is easy to be joyful when things are going well, but how do we get through the hard times? We get through the hard times by reminding ourselves that God is good all the time. James tells us to count it all joy when we face trials because they produce patience and perseverance in our lives. God told Paul that His grace was sufficient in weakness. In our weakness, God is made strong. In our need, God’s provision is made known. There are many great promises of prosperity and provision in the Bible. Persecution and problems also have a place in our lives. The key in the good times and the bad is perseverance.
Whether things are going good or bad according to my perspective, God is in control. Because of that fact, we can enjoy the good times without fear and persevere through the bad times without panic.
That is not to say that trusting God is always easy. Sometimes things get so dark we cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel. It’s in those times that we take hold of the promises of God; we trust in His plan, His purpose, and His provision.
Don’t let a problem convince you there is no provision. The promises of God are true, you can make it through bad times and rejoice in the good times. It is in trials that we learn to trust God and it’s in the midst of problems we learn to persevere.
Should you hold on to the promises of blessing in the Bible? Yes, with one hand, and with the other hold on to the Scriptures about persevering through hardship. It rains on the just and the unjust, the only way to get through the hard times is to know, not just believe, but know that God has a purpose for you and that He will be glorified.
Romans 8:28-39 NKJV “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Nothing can separate you from the love of God. Nothing can stop God’s plan for your life, and nothing comes into your life, good or bad without God working it out for your good and His glory. Today hold fast to the promises of God, trust Him in the good and the bad, and know that all things work together for good.