HOW TO BUILD A STRONG FAITH: (Enduring tough times)
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Jesus did not promise a trouble-free life for His followers. In fact, He promised that in this world we would always have troubles, trials, and persecution. The question most people ask in tough times is: “Why me?” instead, we should be asking: “How can I respond in a way that honors God?” Let’s look at what the Bible says we can do to endure tough times and glorify God in the midst of them.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19
Many suffer spiritual shipwreck during tough times, but God’s Word is a solid foundation for us no matter what difficulties we will face (Psalm 119:92). Joy in the midst of a trial seems like an impossible order. If we understand the end result of a trial, then we might be able to respond with joy (James 1:2-4). One goal of the Christian life is to become more Christlike in our character (Romans 5:3-4). Though tough times seem to last forever while we are going through them, they are really only momentary, or temporary. Our God is the “Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”
John 16:33 | Psalm 34:19
- How does God’s Word help you endure tough times?
- How do you respond in a tough time?
- How can you respond with joy?
- Recall a difficult experience you went through that helped build your character. What did God teach you during this time?
- How have you reached out to people in tough times?
- How have others reached out to help you?