Looking to God in Difficult Times

Looking to God in Difficult Times
November 24, 2019
Passage: Psalms 18:2
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Looking to examples so that in the tough times we will look to God to help us in those times.

  • Psalms 18:2

God is our rock, our fortress and shield

  • Lamentations 3:24
  • James 1:2,3
  • Romans 8:18 

Examples of those Who Looked to God During Difficult Time

  • Paul & Silas, Acts 16

Paul had removed a demon from someone, and the people had used her to make a profit from her using her. The people were upset, and had Paul and Silas beaten and thrown into prison. But, even in this difficult situation they began singing praises to God. 

  • Job, Job 1:20

We often talk about the patience of Job. In this time when he lost everything, he fell to the ground and worshiped God. Most of us in a similar situation would begin to blame anyone and everything. But, his first response was to worship God. 

  • Those taken into Babylonian captivity Jeremiah 29:4-6
  • Jeremiah 29:10-13

God instructed them that even though they were in captivity, they should make the best of  the situation, to carry on with their lives, and that God would come back for them.

  • David, Psalm 51

David’s response following his sin and repentance. He learned and returned to God asking for forgiveness and cleansing of sin. 

  • Jesus, Luke 22:42-44

Jesus knows what is about to happen. He knew he was going to be beaten and nailed to a cross. And yet, knowing it was going to happen, he prayed to God that if another way to let the cup be taken away… yet, he said, “not my will but thine be done.”

Often, when difficulties hit we want to blame others for things that happen. But, we can learn to praise God in the situation and trust Him for all that’s going on. 

Singing songs of praise can ease the tension. God is in control. He knows what He is doing.

  • Psalm 121:1,2

Our help comes from God. While we have God, we as Christians have one another in the church to help us in any situation we might find ourselves in.

  • Galatians 6:1,2

We have a duty as brothers and sisters in Christ to help each other out in any situation we might go through. 

No matter what we go through, if it’s a mental illness like depression, or feelings of loneliness, Christians have the advantage of the church to help each other. We know that God is bigger than any problem. Jesus came to this world to save us from our sins. He went to the cross because of our sin. 

When any struggle comes, whether mental, physical, or spiritual, that’s when you should praise God, louder than the struggle, praise Him stronger than the difficulty that you might be in. 

- Derek Wiesemann

Photo Acknowledgement: Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash
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