We all go through hard seasons and trials in our lives. No one is immune, not even someone we might think is perfectly “put together” or someone who looks like they have a perfect life. Hard times come to all of us. Situations in all of our lives can change and problems can arise—however, God’s nature never changes. Here are some important truths to remember about God when going through a trial or hard season in your life.
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 that we know the character of God if we are going to be able to trust Him and rely on Him in hard seasons. Jesus’ very nature is love. Everything He does, every thought He thinks, every lesson He teaches us comes from a place of unsurpassed love. Remembering this is such a help in hard seasons when it might seem impossible to believe that God is still good. Cling to the promise that is yours in 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.”
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. God is your helper at the very core of His being. 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 your trial.
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 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 you may be facing, remember this: God is faithful, He will see you through and He will help you. Turn to Him.
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.” This scripture is a reminder that we won’t go wrong placing our 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. 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. 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 now their help was from Him.
We all experience 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 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 God we serve, who thinks the same thoughts toward us as His precious child. And knowing these truths about God will make all the difference in the world.