Faith In My Darkest Hour

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Going through difficult times is something we all face. Financial trouble, marital issues, family conflicts. It is how we handle them that makes the difference. We can choose to get stressed out, isolate ourselves, or blow up at others. But, there is another option. We can choose to have faith that God will take care of us. We can rest in his blessed assurance. Faith doesn’t come easily. It takes prayer.

The biblical definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 

Faith is having confidence in something or someone without having seen it. It is trusting God with your life and knowing He is with you.

2 Corinthians 5:7 says to “live by faith, not by sight”. We may not know why we go through hard times. We can’t see past the problem that is before us. But, we can have faith in God whose plans are for our good. Though a situation may seem bad at the moment, He can use it for good and to bring glory to His Name.

I have lived through many difficult times including losing a baby. It was the worst day of my life. I hit rock bottom after that. I was so depressed and had lost all hope, joy, and faith in God. I couldn’t believe God had allowed this awful thing to happen. I questioned Him, cried out to Him, turned my back on Him. Thankfully, God didn’t turn His back on me. During this time I got a lot of support and wonderful people who helped to restore my faith. One evening, I was up late because I couldn’t sleep due to the grief I felt. I opened my Bible and started reading God’s Word. He spoke to me so clearly and whispered “You are still my child.” It was at that moment that I knew that God was a faithful God.

In Ephesians 6:16 faith is explained so well. It says we must “take up the shield of faith” so that we “can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”. Satan wanted me to lose faith in God during that difficult time. He wanted me to turn away from God and lead my family astray. He wanted me to feel abandoned by God. But, God’s Word clearly says “He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). I chose to believe God’s promises to me. I have faith that He will be with me even in my darkest hour.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” –Hebrews 12:2

Without faith, I have nothing. But with faith I “can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey” (Luke 17:6).

You see, when I ask God to heal me, bless me, keep me safe, I have faith that He will follow through. It may not be in the way I want but He is ever faithful. 

Thankfully, we have the Word of God to fill us with the hope and faith of the Lord. Paul wrote in Romans 10:7, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

God gives us faith. It is up to us to read His word and seek His will to further that faith.

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