Finding hope in difficult times is challenging. Experiencing stressful, life-altering events often leads to despair which then threatens to swallow your desire and ability to trust God.
But our faith muscle grows strongest when tested by the trials of life. God does not promise a stress-free life but He does promise to guide and walk beside us as we face difficult times.
Seeking blessings through times of trouble, helps us lean on God and hold onto the hope only Jesus provides.
“There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you,
across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.”
Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NLT
Finding Hope in Difficult Times
As I reflect on finding hope in difficult times three major events dramatically changed my circumstances and also grew my faith.
Hope in Difficult Times
It was a clear warm day when I started the dreaded task of potty training my 2-year-old daughter. I don’t know why that memory sticks–probably because of how the rest of the day unfolded.
We were headed outside for a walk when I heard my house phone ringing. I quickly answered as my frantic husband said,
“Have you seen the news? The World Trade Centers in New York have been hit and all flights have been suspended. I am stuck at the airport.”
I clearly remember the moment my reality shifted– the fear and confusion. I had 2 small children and worried about the new world we would be facing.
Uncertainty and angst attempted to swallow me. In the following months, we waded through the disturbing news and changes but made it to the other side of 9/11.
Hope in Difficult Times
It was a usual Friday night for our family as we gathered for games and Chinese food with some of our close friends.
Halfway through our evening, my cell phone rang,
“Have you checked the latest track on that big hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico? It is headed straight for New Orleans and is predicted to have devastating effects. Everyone needs to evacuate.”
I clearly remember that moment when my reality shifted. As we packed up and left our home behind, we never imagined the devastation that would follow.
We lost most of our material things but waded through change again. This time with a much greater impact on our family, but we survived the other side of Hurricane Katrina.
Once again, we were able to find hope in difficult times through our connection to God and other generous, loving people.
Hope in Difficult Times
In February 2020, at the end of a family vacation, we scrolled through the news on our phones following a new virus that was sweeping across China.
The predictions were that the virus would spread across the world and have dire implications. I thought surely, we won’t face a pandemic across the globe.
For a third time, this was the moment my reality began shifting. This time it felt bigger, but maybe because the feelings were more recent and we had to change and adapt to the process of battling this crisis.
Although these life-altering events were very different, the feelings were very similar. The raw vulnerability and numbness as if walking around lost. Sometimes, finding hope in times of trouble seems out of reach.
The hovering fear waits to pull us in and cause us to lose our way. The lack of control and uncertainty of how these events will impact our family and community. The grief and sadness of what is lost.
I look back and wish I could have known the beauty that would come from the ashes; the positive outcomes that would emerge in so many areas of life.
Since that is impossible, I hope to learn from these past experiences and better process whatever I face. To grow spiritually and relationally and be better at learning to find hope in difficult times.
How Do You Find Hope in Troubled Times?
Seeking blessings during a crisis is difficult but strengthens your faith and helps you believe that with God, good can emerge from tough situations.
6 Ways to Find Hope in Troubled Times
How do you have hope in troubled times? Here are 6 things you can do when seeking blessings from God.
- We can be present and rest in His comfort.
- We can push the fear out of our head and march on in hope.
- We can notice the plight of those around us and serve others which helps take the focus off of ourselves.
- We can discover how this situation is transforming us into Christ’s image.
- We can embrace the slowing down of our routine and sing praises to God.
- We can look for positive outcomes that may come from the situation.
Finally, we can seek blessings peeking through the horizon. The blessing may come in the form of an encouraging word or deed from a friend or a sign of hope from God.
Bible Verses about Finding Hope in Hard Times
The Bible is the perfect resource you can turn to when looking for hope in difficult times and seeking blessings from God. There are hundreds of verses that provide peace and comfort.
6 Bible Verses for Hope in Hard Times
Here are a few Bible verses about holding onto hope in difficult times that you can meditate on:
“Provide for those who grieve:to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”
“Be still, and know that I am God!
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.”
“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
It may seem selfish or unrealistic to focus on seeking blessings especially when you are struggling. But blessings come in many ways.
The definition of a blessing is God’s favor and protection. We can always pray for God’s favor and protection.
God loves you and wants to bless you with His presence. He also blesses you with peace and comfort.
We may not change our circumstances through specific prayer for blessing but we will change our spiritual condition which helps us find hope in difficult times because of our relationship with a loving and compassionate God!
How have you been able to find hope in difficult times? Would love to hear from you in the comments.