God wants us to have faith. But how can we grow in faith?
How can we have faith in God during hard times?
The Bible gives us some great examples of how to have faith in God.
Let’s look at a few of them.
Abraham is one example the Bible gives us of someone who had great faith.
Hebrews 11:8 tells us, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
So even though Abraham had no idea where he was going, he had faith that God would provide.
And He did!
The question is, how can we have that same kind of faith?
This article shows how to have faith in God during hard times.
What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
In other words, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
The Bible also tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
So faith is obviously important to God.
In fact, God expects us to have faith and grow in faith!
Sometimes that can be hard to do, especially when we are going through tough times.
When we are facing problems and trials, it can be difficult to have faith that God is still in control.
But we need to remember that our faith is not based on our circumstances.
It is based on who God is.
He is a good God who loves us and has a plan for our lives.
When we keep our eyes on Him, He will help us to have faith during the hard times.
And we’re going to be blessed because of it!
How to have faith in god during hard times
Here are a few ways to have faith in God during hard times:
1. Pray and read the Bible regularly
First, we need to pray and read the Bible regularly.
The simple truth is that faith comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).
Allow me to explain what I mean.
When you hear the word of God, it enters your hearts and minds.
And as you meditate on it, you start to believe it.
You start to have faith in what it says.
But if you don’t hear the word of God, you will not have faith.
It’s that simple.
Prayer is also important because it is how we communicate with God.
When we pray, we talk to God and tell Him our needs and concerns.
He wants us to come to Him with everything.
Actually, the Bible tells us to “cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7).
2. Focus on God, not your circumstances
Another way to have faith in God during hard times is to focus on God, not your circumstances.
It can be so easy to get caught up in what is happening around us and lose sight of God.
But we need to remember that our faith is in God, not our circumstances.
And no matter what is going on in our lives, He is still in control.
Jesus asked this question in Matthew 6:25-26, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
He goes on to say in verse 34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus is telling us not to worry because our heavenly Father will take care of us.
He will provide for our needs.
All we need to do is trust Him and have faith that He will take care of us.
3. Spend time with other believers
Yes, having faith in God during hard times can be difficult.
But you don’t have to do it alone.
You can spend time with other true believers of Jesus Christ who will encourage you and pray for you.
How do you know if someone is a true believer?
Basically, the Bible tells us that we will know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:16).
In other words, you will be able to see evidence of their faith in their lives.
When you are around them, you should feel encouraged and loved.
4. Meditate on God’s promises
This is the part where you will need to get really specific with what God has promised you.
You need to know His promises for your life so that you can meditate on them and have faith that He will fulfill them.
The Bible is full of promises from God.
And I encourage you to take the time to read it and find the ones that apply to your life.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
- “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not look around you in terror and wonder, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
- “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
- “and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
- “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Take the time to meditate on these promises and others like them.
And as you do, have faith that God will fulfill them in your life.
5. Give thanks to God
Even in the midst of hard times, you can find things to be thankful for.
And when you do, it is a reminder that God is still in control and He is still good.
It can be easy to focus on what we don’t have or what we have lost.
But if we take the time to look for things to be thankful for, it can help us to keep our focus on God and have faith that He will see us through whatever we are facing.
6. Ask God for more faith
Let’s look at one more scripture from Luke 17:5-6.
The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith.
And His response was, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
The disciples knew that they needed more faith.
And so, they asked Jesus for it.
If you are struggling to have faith during hard times, I encourage you to ask God for more faith as well.
Remember that God is sovereign
Ultimately, we need to remember that God is sovereign.
He is in control of everything that happens in our lives.
And even though we may not understand why certain things happen, we can trust that He knows what He is doing and that He is good.
If you are facing hard times, I encourage you to keep these things in mind.
Spend time with God in prayer and in His Word.
Seek out other believers for encouragement and support.
And don’t forget to give thanks to God for all the good things He has done in your life.
He is faithful, and He will see you through whatever you are facing.
Also read: 16 Reasons To Have Faith In God