The past several months have been a difficult season for me; so I’ve been thinking a lot about how to find faith and hope while in a place of pain and despair. Everyone goes through hard times. No life goes untouched by the hand of suffering and grief. What do you do when you trust God and believe that He’ll come through for you, but then He doesn’t? What do you do when you know that He could have prevented your pain and suffering, but He chose not to? What do you do when you cry out for help, but your prayers go unanswered? How do you deal with it? These are some of the questions I have been asking. I don’t have all the answers, but here are some things that I’ve found while navigating the rough waters of my journey.
- As hopelessness begins to set in, it is most important that you know God never abandons you. You may not feel or see Him, but He has not left you. He has not forgotten you. You are not alone. He is with you in the midst of whatever you’re going through. (Heb. 13:5-6)
- God has more confidence in your faith than you do. In His silence, He is trusting you to exercise your faith, to walk it out. Your faith is being proven. (1 Pet. 1:6-7)
- Growth doesn’t happen in the high places; it doesn’t happen in the good times. It is produced in the depths of the valley. You become mature, as you endure trial, hardship, and the testing of your faith. So, don’t give up! (Jam. 1:2-4, Jam. 1:12, Heb. 12:3-11)
- You may feel like your situation is too much for you to handle. You may feel like you can’t bear up under all of the pressure. The good news is, you’re not expected to. God wants to help carry your burden. All He asks is that you surrender to Him. (Matt. 11:28-30, Phil. 4:6-7)
Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
Notice that death is not in the valley. It’s only a shadow. There’s nothing to fear.
So, if you’re walking through the valley, be encouraged – God is with you. He’s with you every step of the way, and He’ll be with you as you come out on the other side of it.