FAITH FOR THE TOUGH DAYS

Some days our faith takes a beating. The stresses, cares, and disappointments of life can come on strong and hang around for a long time. Sometimes people just give up on faith. But to what end? Jesus once asked his disciples if they wanted to go away from Him. Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68). How can we have faith in the toughest of days?

 

Pray as much as you can. Maybe on the toughest of days you can’t say much. The words won’t come. Still, pray all you can. If it is only a little, then pray a little. If it is only a silent time with God, then do that. In prayer, we fall down at the Lord’s feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His love. Even our smallest prayers, our silent prayers, are heard by the Lord who never leaves our side.

 

Work all the possibilities you can. What can you do about it? Sometimes there’s nothing you can do, while at other times you can work toward solutions. Do you need to seek forgiveness? Do you need to forgive? Is a bad habit contributing to your discouragement? Can you take one small step today toward an answer? With God’s help you can move towards better days by just doing what you can to alleviate the situation.

 

Endure all the days you can. Some of the troubles we encounter in life are not going to go away anytime soon. Some may never go away. Someone once said, “It often takes the darkness of a storm to show us the light in God’s presence.” We endure in faith by continually turning our hearts toward God. Every one of us needs His presence and strength daily. In the trials of life we become aware of how much we need Him for each day. The Bible reminds us to put our faith in God, not in our circumstances. Matthew 6:34 says, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In this, Jesus acknowledges our trouble and also our need to trust in Him to see us through.