There will be times in our lives when we face a lot of struggles and problems at once. It can feel really overwhelming. It might seem like things will never get better. But I hope this post helps you believe that God will lift you up in due time and get you through it all. Let’s learn to find true hope in Him!
1. First, be honest with your struggles.
God never promised us an easy life all the time.
Actually, Jesus said that “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). This means that you will inevitably face all sorts of struggles – spiritual, emotional, and maybe even physical ones.
The good news is that you don’t need to hide your worries or stress from God. You don’t have to pretend to be strong. After all, many Bible characters have struggled the same way you do.
For example, David wrestled with a deep “sorrow in my heart” (Psalm 13:2). Peter wept bitterly (Luke 22:62). Elijah asked God to end his life (1 Kings 19:4). Even Jesus himself felt deep anguish (Luke 22:44) and was “overwhelmed with sorrow” (Matthew 26:38).
In short, you will face trouble sometimes. That’s okay! You’re truly not alone, even though it may feel that way.
2. But what do you do next?
When you are struggling, it can feel like you are drowning with no escape. But there is a choice you can make for things to get better.
For starters, we each have free will. And with our free will, we can choose to turn away from God – or lean into Him for peace and comfort.
When we try to solve things on our own, without actively seeking God’s help, we are turning away from Him.
You might find a way to relieve some of your struggles for a while. But this will not last forever. As life unfolds, the next struggle will one day hit you, then the next, and the next.
This is the point: without God, you may feel like you are being pulled in many directions. The world has many distractions and it can be hard to live by external expectations.
You will start to feel like “a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6). Over time, finding true peace on your own feels impossible.
On the other hand, trusting in God comes with His promises.
First, God promises to listen to all your worries and concerns. He does this because He loves you and wants to help you.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7
I called to the Lord in my trouble. I cried to God for help. He heard my voice from His holy house. My cry for help came into His ears.Psalm 18:6
Second, if we humble ourselves and learn to trust Him, God promises to be with us in the midst of our troubles. He will help us work things out. Maybe not in the way we expect, but surely in the way we need.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
Of course, leaning into God doesn’t always mean you will instantly be freed from your troubles without any effort on your part.
Walking takes faith and longer-term commitment. It means turning to Him in regular prayer, reading His Word, and learning to hear Him speak through the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).
It also means trusting and surrendering to God’s will (Isaiah 55:8) as He guides you in overcoming your worries. This involves changing your heart, but it can also mean Him changing your external circumstances.
In short, there are two options when you face troubles. You can try to turn away from God and fight by your own strength, or you can lean into Him for the long haul and trust that He will help you. The latter will surely bring about a better spiritual outcome.
3. Know that God will lift you up in due time
What is the lasting outcome of leaning into God?
Even though life will never be completely free from struggle, your faith in Jesus will bless you with “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
This is a peace you can hold onto even when things are tough. It is a supernatural peace that is far greater than anything the world can offer.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27
God also reminds us that our suffering is never without a reason. In fact, it helps build us up into people of stronger faith. We gain hope in Him and more resilient because of it.
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.1 Peter 5:10
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.Romans 5:3-4
… and, yes, you can trust that God deliver on His promise!
We may not know when. We may not know how. But if there is one thing we can be assured of, God will lift you up in due time. He will rescue you from your troubles in the perfect moment. Again, perhaps not in the way you thought, but always in the form you need.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.1 Peter 5:6-7
Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.Psalm 91:14-15
You may be going through a lot of pain right now. It may be hard to imagine how things can possibly improve.
But the Lord promises that, if you abide in Him through Christ, “weeping may last for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). You will experience a spiritual joy in this life and in heaven.
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise You forever.Psalm 30:11-12
In short, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Give your worries to Him and don’t turn away. The peace of Christ will begin to abound in your heart as He restores you. Trust God.