Loving through difficult times….
We all experience difficult times and I’m 100% sure that there are times when we struggle with loving through these times.
My 1st question – “How can we love God through difficult times?”
It takes a lot of refocusing to love when going through struggles. Sometimes we wonder why God, who loves us, can watch us go through hard times like the loss of a job, the loss of a family member or friend, the end of a relationship or marriage, the failure of a business venture, diseases, financial hardship, being hurt of being betrayed and the list goes on.
I use to wonder how Job was able to still love God through all this…but the truth be told – it was HARD!
We have to remember that God loves us and will never, I mean NEVER harm us!
Remember what Jeremiah said in chapter 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
And in the book of Psalms, we are reminded that:
“The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.” Psalms 121:7 NLT
Life has its trials and tribulations but it’s only to make us stronger.
Remember what we read in Romans 8:28
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT
So no matter what we go through we have to believe that it is shaping us out for the good purpose God has in store for us.
You see, God already knows us and is molding us to be like Jesus. Check this out:
“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:29 NLT
We have to be like Jesus and stay focused!
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:2 NLT
My 2nd question: “How can I love when I’m going through pain?”
Focus on the bigger picture, not the pain.
I have seen many complain about the pain that they feel and how others cannot understand. I, myself, have uttered such a phrase when I was younger. But, I refuse to believe that whatever we are going through, no matter how difficult, is the first experience EVER. What I mean is that, if you’re going through it, someone else has been through it before. You will get through!
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
We experience pain bc it makes us stronger. The pain that we experience will soon be the testimony that we share.
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NLT
When going through pain remember that God will help us through. He will never leave you to suffer without having a great plan.
“He counts the stars and calls them all by name.” Psalms 147:4 NLT
He knows who you are. He knows everything about you. He knows your circumstance. He knows how you are going to get through it and He is aware of it all.