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7 Solid Principles for Trusting God in Difficult Times

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Why should we trust God in difficult times?

In general, we are living in some troubling times. I think we can all agree.  But each of us struggles with our own personal issues, don’t we?  When you add it all up, life can get pretty complicated. So where do we turn?

For Christians, we should be trusting God in difficult times, yes.  But we should also be trusting Him in all circumstances. Why?  Well for starters, He is the Creator of all of mankind as well as this universe and everything in it.

More importantly, HE LOVES US!  He is there for us. He is our Heavenly Father who loves every single one of us, whether you choose to believe it or not.

So today, let’s first look at some of the promises of God as found in His Word, the Holy Bible, to prove that He is the ONLY choice that you really need to make, when you’re wondering where to go, when you come to a bump in the road of life.   I’ll also share with you some Bible verses about trusting God in hard times as we go as well.  Are you ready?

Promises about trusting God in tough times 

We first need to understand just how much our Creator loves us.   I would venture to guess that most of you who read this are parents. Can you imagine offering your only child as the sacrifice to pay for the sins of every person on earth?  Can you imagine if those people hated you? But your love was so great that you gave your child anyway?

I would love to say that I have a heart filled with that kind of love. But I don’t. And I’m willing to guess that you don’t either. But God, our Holy, Heavenly Father does have that kind of love. So if He is willing to give His only begotten Son, so that we can have everlasting life,  it’s a pretty safe bet to say you should be able to trust Him during the hard times.  The question is, will you?

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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So we know that God loves us. But is He able to protect us during times of trouble?  Trusting God in hard times takes an understanding of His willingness to help us when we need Him. The next verse in Psalm shows the height and breadth of how bad things can get, that the Lord can still protect us.

Please understand, just because God CAN protect us, doesn’t mean He will.  Remember,  He is an all-knowing, all-seeing God and He truly does know what is best for us.  It’s all about His will for our lives. So don’t forget that even when difficult times happen, it’s still all for our good and God’s glory.  Now we might not see the point of that this side of Heaven, but it’s the truth.

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Roman’s 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


What does it mean to trust God?

When I think about trusting God, my very favorite Scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind, as the best definition.  Trust and faith are an integral part to any relationship with God.  You can find the Biblical definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1.  But let’s look at the dictionary meaning of trust. defines trust as reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.  

Sure, you can rely on something or someone.  But in the Proverbs definition, it tells us that we must rely with all our heart.  That means our full heart, leaving no room for gaps or doubt.  I love how this article on digs into the Scripture to define my favorite verse below. I encourage you to check it out.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

How do you have faith in God in hard times?

When trusting the Lord in difficult times, go to the promises of God.  God’s Word is loaded with promises that teach us about having faith in God during hard times.  He tells us to not worry, to pray and He will give us peace like you can’t imagine. He tells us that He is there with us, in the trenches. And even after the struggle, He will strengthen and calm us. As you dig into the Word of God, start with a great study Bible for women. Then look to these promises. 

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

How do you trust God when life is hard?

Now let’s dig into the how-to’s of trusting God in hard times.  I want to be clear, however.  You need to be trusting God In all circumstances.  This means to trust Him in good times, as well as bad times.  Unfortunately, most of the time, life as a Christian goes along just fine as long as everything is fine and dandy. It’s when you hit that bump in the road that your faith is tested, and you really find out what trusting God in difficult times is really all about.

This is also the time where the world watches you the closest.  My biggest test came when I lost both hands and both feet due to a flesh eating bacteria. When tough times happen, it’s easy to go negative and feel like the world is over.  You might think that becoming a quadruple amputee would make me curl up in a ball and stop living life to its fullest.

Instead, I gave all glory to God and his wonderful grace for saving my life, my healing, and my recovery. I refused to let the enemy steal my joy in the Lord. My prayer is that you don’t let him steal your joy either.   

As you look at other posts on this blog, the message I want you to get is, it’s not about the challenge, it’s all about getting up and moving on after you have fallen.  God’s grace is sufficient for you to do that.   God makes us survivors and we need to keep that warrior mindset. Keep a smile in your face,  and keep pushing through like you never fell in the first place.  Got it?

Having faith in God during hard times comes through prayer 

Prayer will get you through the toughest times. I remember waking up in the hospital after my amputations. The first thing I did was pray. I said “Lord, I don’t know what my future is going to look like, but I trust You, and I know that You will see us through all of it.”

Trusting God  in tough times takes a lot of prayer, and of course faith that He will do what He says.  There is no doubt that He will follow through on His promises, He is simply waiting for you to trust Him. So often we try and hold onto our troubles. God has got this. But if you won’t let go, how can He help?

I just bought a sign that says “Faith doesn’t make things easy, it makes them possible.” And it references the following Scripture.  Truth, my friend. So pray. He won’t answer your prayer if you don’t ask.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Trusting God in tough times by growing your faith 

You may be wondering…How do you have faith in God in hard times?  Growing your faith is a daily project that can be pretty simple if you let it.  In fact, here is a pretty cool checklist of daily activities that you can do. Print it off, hang it on your fridge and make sure you work up to making each of these activities a daily habit.

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Obviously,  the first step in growing your faith is to establish a relationship with Jesus and trust Him with your eternal security.  For an in-depth look at the daily activities I mentioned in my checklist, visit How to Get Closer to God Spiritually.

Trusting God in hard times gets easier when you recall how has He blessed you in the past

This is why I am such a fan of a gratitude journal.   Making a daily list of the things that you’re thankful for, helps to give you a place to turn when you’re feeling down in the dumps.  Many of the blessings in your journal are answered prayers.  I’ve got a free printable gratitude journal (click here or below.)  It’s a really great way to focus on what’s good in your life and a great go-to for when you need reminders about answered prayers.  

For me, my blessings are too numerous to mention here. But let me give you a couple examples.  God answered the prayers of my family and friends when the doctors said I had less than a 1% chance of survival.

God answered my prayer that I mentioned earlier, from my hospital bed. Not only did He heal me, but I am living an exceptional life full of joy. Through my experience I have been able to create this blog to share my blessings with all of you, in the hopes of encouraging you in whatever your struggle is.

So now, whenever I am feeling overwhelmed and struggling with having faith in God during hard times, I look back to these answered prayers. And it gives me confidence that He will certainly get me through the next road bump in my life.

Put God first every day, not just during your struggles

God wants to be first in our lives. In fact the very first commandment in the Bible tells us so.

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Notice the little G. It doesn’t have to be a god in the sense of zeus or buddha. A (little G) god is anything you put before the Lord. It could be your family, your job, your favorite activity or a TV show. Putting Him first in our lives creates a relationship with Him where we don’t have any doubts about trusting God in tough times. Test it out, you’ll see.

I found this wonderful devotional about David’s reactions to one of his darkest times. It’s written by Lysa Terkeurst and it’s a great reminder of what trusting God in difficult times looks like.

Having faith in God during hard times is easier when you walk in obedience

Walking in obedience means repenting of the sin in your life.  Remember that God cannot look on sin. This is why He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross. His shed blood on that cross covered the sin debt of all mankind.

When you have unrepentant sin in your life, it creates a barrier between you and your Heavenly Father. So it’s important to repent often. Most of us ask for forgiveness when we pray, maybe once or twice a day. But you should ask forgiveness as often as you catch yourself sinning. This keeps you close and obedient. 

Trusting God in hard times means letting go

You can’t just say you trust the Lord, but then hang on to your struggle with both hands. I always gave my kids a tip when they were little, if they were scared of something or had a problem. I told them to imagine putting their problem into a box and wrapping it up with a big red bow. Then imagine handing that gift over to Jesus. When you give Jesus your problem, it’s important to let it go and let Him take over.

I recently did this because I was struggling with forgiveness. I had a hard time forgiving someone and it had been a burden for a long time. I put that burden into a box, and let me tell you, there was a struggle in letting it go. But once I gave it completely over to the Lord, the forgiveness was completely over and I no longer had a struggle with that person.

Trusting God in tough times means waiting on the Lord’s timing

Sometimes we have struggles in our lives that seem to last forever. However it’s unrealistic for us to think that God is going to snap his fingers and it will be all over just because we ask. Earlier I mentioned it’s all about what is best for our good and will bring the most glory to God. In other words God’s will be done.

Most of the time God’s timing does not match what we want for our lives. We grow the most spiritually, during our struggles. And so trusting God in difficult times really just has to become a way of life. Hard times come and go. But keeping our faith in the Lord will result in greater blessings and rewards in Heaven.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

What God says about difficult times

God never promised us, that life would be easy. In fact, check out what He says in these Scriptures.  He said we’re going to have trials. But there’s a point to it all.  That point is to grow spiritually into a stronger Christian.  We are to become complete and have a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior.   

So when you are thinking about the difficult times in your life, let’s change our mindset to one where we think about obstacles as blessings. Because, truly they are.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

James 1:3-4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Trusting God In difficult times Bible verses 

Here are a few of my favorite Bible verses about trusting God in hard times.   I’m sure you have some of your own. But these can give you a great start.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Roman’s 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


Trusting God In difficult times quotes

Let’s finish with some quotes about keeping your faith during hard times.  I love quotes. Whether they are Scriptural or secular, the message is clear.

“If you lose faith, you lose all.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Faith is unseen but felt, faith is strength when we feel we have none, faith is hope when all seems lost.”  – Catherine Pulsifer

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.” – James E Faust

“Faith doesn’t always take you out of the problem, Faith takes you through the problem. Faith doesn’t always take away the pain, Faith gives you the ability to handle the pain. Faith doesn’t always take you out of the storm, Faith calms you in the midst of the storm.” – Author Unknown

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I hope that you were able to glean some great principles for trusting God in hard times. I believe that the most important part is to put your challenges into the capable hands of our Heavenly Father. Never forget that He is all you’ll ever really need to get through any obstacle in your life.

What are your favorite ways to grow your faith? Please leave your ideas and suggestions in the comments below.  And be sure to answer the following question.

What are your best ideas for keeping your faith in God during hard times?

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  1. I am thankful to God for leading to your story. I was in a dark place and now I encouraged after reading your story. I shall carry on trusting God, even when it hurts so bad. He is greater than my pain and He is faithful to answer our prayers.

    1. I am so sorry, Margaret, that you are struggling so much. I was searching for a Scripture just this morning, for a friend who is struggling with grief. Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Trusting God in difficult times means leaning on His promises. He’s there, He loves you and He understands. May God guide you as you focus on Him.

  2. This was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing part of your story and the help you pointed me to in scripture! 💖

    1. I am so thankful that my tips for trusting God in difficult times, as well as my story were helpful to you, Julie. Thank you so much.

  3. Thank you for great teaching on trusting God in difficult times
    Really blessed with this
    I can use this msg to share with others what I Have learnt.


    1. Thank you so much Sarojni,
      While its hard to keep our faith during the toughest times, God is still always there for us. I’m very thankful you’ve found some helpful tips for learning to trust Him.

  4. Wendy,
    What a great post packed full of wisdom, resources, scripture, and more. You have an incredible story that point others to God. Thank you for sharing with us at Grace and Truth Link-Up.

    Maree Dee

    1. Thanks so much, Maree. I appreciate your kind words. You have a great link-up and it’s a blessing to participate.

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