How God Uses Hard Times to Our Benefit

How God Uses Hard Times to Our Benefit

Sometimes life gets hard. Maybe you have chronic pain or a chronic illness; maybe you’ve had a loved one pass away recently; or maybe your life is simply chaotic and you’re getting overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why God allows bad things to happen to good people. If you turn to the Bible, you’ll find plenty of answers for the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the trials and tribulations in your life.

How God Uses Hard Times to Help Us

God has several reasons for allowing bad things to happen to good people. Sometimes they aren’t always easy to see, but rest assured that they’re there!

  1. They get our attention when we turn away from or forget about God
  2. They remind us of our weaknesses
  3. They remind us of our strengths
  4. They enable us to help others
  5. They can change the path we’re attempting to do down to the one God has planned for us

How to Persevere in Hard Times

Understanding why God lets bad things happen is certainly helpful while going through rough patches in life, but it still doesn’t make it easy. Fortunately, there are ways you can make it easier.

  1. Remember that it is all a part of God’s plan
  2. Ask God for guidance and to reveal His end-goal to you
  3. Remain faithful and trust in God
  4. Remember that it all trials God puts before you are an opportunity to grow your faith

Bible Verses to Turn To

  • In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

(1 Peter 1:6-7)

  • Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

(Romans 5:3-4)

  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

(Romans 8:28)

  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

(James 1:2-4)

  • Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

(James 1:12)



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