When we are faced with the possibility of having to deal with very troubling situations, the Lord wants us to come to Him as He has a list of some of the resources in Christ that could protect us from discouragement and despair. As we meditate on these heavenly resources, our feelings of panic will begin to subside, and our sense of hope began to spring forth.
“When trouble strikes, don’t get frustrated with God, instead admit you need God’s help and thank Him for being by your side. “The good man does not escape all troubles–he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.” Psalm 34:19
The first thing we need to be reminded of is that in troubling times, we will have God’s presence. Jesus said, “Be sure of this–that I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) Our Savior is not a fair-weather friend. Even in our darkest times, He will be there for us. He is always available to listen to whatever we have to say, and we can always count on Him for help. When even our closest loved ones turn their backs on us, the Lord speaks to our hearts and says: “I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you.” (John 14:18)
God’s power is also available to us in difficult times. The apostle Paul prayed “that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.” (Colossians 1:11 AMP) We can pray this same Holy-Spirit-inspired prayer, knowing that God has promised to answer every petition that is in line with His will. (1John 5:14-15) It was Paul who declared, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) When you and I make the same faith-filled declaration, we will experience the same divine power that sustained this great man of God in the darkest of times.
We also have the privilege of prayer in times of adversity. Jesus said: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6) Don’t miss what the Savior is saying here—that there are great rewards for prayer. Some of those rewards may be divine peace, joy, and contentment, right in the midst of painful circumstances. Other rewards can include seeing God move mightily on our behalf in ways that we don’t expect. But perhaps the best reward of all will be witnessing Gos causing all of our problems to work for good in amazing ways. (Romans 8:28)