This is not to say there isn’t a time and place for friends, Christian counselors and other encouraging people in our lives. But it is a reminder that we need to be leaning on Jesus first.
Also, be mindful and alert because God often works through people and just at the right time will likely bring someone into your life who will encourage and comfort you. What we each have to remember first is that no one can help us like God can. Then we go from there, operating from that place.
What to Remember About God When You’re Going Through a Hard Season
1. God is all-loving.
First John 4:7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” It’s so important to know the character of God if we’re ever going to be able to trust in and rely upon Him even in the hard seasons. His very nature itself, at the core, is one of love. Everything He does, every thought He thinks, every lesson He teaches us comes from a place of unsurpassed love for us as His children. Remembering this is such a help in the hard seasons when it seems almost impossible to believe that God is still good. Cling to the promise that is yours from Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
2. God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.
The God we serve is the sovereign ruler of everything. No one can move mountains in your life like He can. No one can bring down strongholds, fling open doors of bondage, or produce a change in your life and circumstances like He can. He is your helper in it all. He is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient) and always present (omnipresent). This means that He is always with you, knows what you are going through and can do what it takes to aid you in any and every situation.
3. God is faithful.
Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” We then read in Deuteronomy 31:8 that “the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” No matter what it is you may be facing, friend, remember this: God is faithful, He will see you through and He will help you. Look to Him.
4. God is trustworthy.
Psalm 22:4-5 says, “In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; in You they trusted and were not disappointed.” You won’t go wrong placing your faith and trust in the Lord. He is holy, blameless and perfect to the core, making it impossible for Him to be anything but completely faithful and wholly trustworthy.
This is the nature of the God we serve, friend. A nature that no one else on this earth shares. This is how God is able to help us more than anyone else ever could—ultimately, He can never let us down or go without helping us. In fact, He even describes Himself as being our helper throughout Scripture, one instance of which is found in Hosea 13:9 where He says that Israel had been destroyed, but their help was going to be from Him.
We all experience our own hard times in life. When we’re in such a season, it helps to remember the beautiful words of Jeremiah 29:11 that God spoke to the Israelites while they were yet in bondage: “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This is the same God you serve who thinks the same thoughts toward you as His precious child. And knowing that can make all the difference in the world.