Facing Tough Times:
Facing tough times is very synonymous with Christian faith. Christian life and living is not always bed of roses. The message or title facing tough times is not a means to harass or intimidate people in Christian faith. Facing tough times is factual and there is no need to shy away from it. It is hypocrisy to preach or teach Christians that their life and living will be free of trials and temptations when they come into Christian faith. The fact is that there are no such promises in the scripture. God never promised believers that there life will be free from troubles. Are we saying that a tough time is all Christian life is about? The answer is an emphatic no!
The promise given to believers while they are facing tough times is that they will definitely overcome the situation. Let’s take a look at some of the verses below.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Facing Tough Times Same As Afflictions:
In the verse above, it states that ‘many are the afflictions of the righteous’. The question is who are the righteous? The righteous are the believers in Christ. It means that the believers in Christ have many afflictions to face. The word afflictions here simply means tough times or situation. Again, the word affliction is traceable to Satan. This is factual in the sense that God cannot afflict those who are His. This is why the second part of the verse above gave a promise and said ‘but the LORD delivers him out of them all’. Though there are afflictions, the reality is that the LORD will deliver His people from those afflictions. So there is assurance from God and His people must believe in this assurance.
Again let’s see what the scripture said in another verse below.
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
There Is No Promise Of Trouble Free Life:
Let’s take a look at the verse above and properly analyze and substantiate the words in it. Firstly, it says “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper”. Here, it didn’t say weapon will not be formed, this is very important. So there could be weapons formed but the reality is that they will not prosper. Therefore, the believer must be aware that weapons could be formed but the fact which remains is that, they will not proper as far God is concerned. The implication is that God is not stopping them from forming weapons but their efforts are going to be futile. Again, let’s look at the second part of the verse above.
It says “every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn”. The same vein, God is not stopping tongues from rising up against the believer, but He has given the believer the authority to condemn those tongues. Notice that it says, thou shall condemn, not God will condemn! This is very important to note.
When one has fully crosscheck the words and promises contain in the verse above, one cannot help but to establish this fact that God didn’t make any mistake when He made this avowal below.
“Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.”
Also see Isaiah 7:7.
God Is In The Situation With The Believer:
Also, let’s look at the verse below and find out what it entails as regards to a believer facing tough times.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
In the verse above, there is an encouraging statement in it which says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:” It is obvious that God is speaking to someone facing tough time in the verse above. Notice that it’s inappropriate to say to someone who has no issue(s) to fear not. The second part of this verse made things clearer for us to understand. It says, “I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” The implication here is that, in the tough times, God is promising that He will strengthen, help and uphold the believer with His right hand of righteousness.
The above is a complete assurance from God that though believer in Christ faces tough times, they are not alone in it. Apostle Peter in his epistle to his audience made these statements below.
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 1:7
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
1 Peter 4:12-13
In the verses above, Apostle Peter calls facing tough times trail of the believer’s faith. It implies that He didn’t see it as a thing to wail about but as something that will refine someone’s faith in Christ.
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