Keeping the faith is fairly easy on the good days, but what about when life is hard when prayers go unanswered, or the answer isn’t what we were hoping for. When doubt creeps in and the brutality of life steals our breath away, the loved one dies, the healing we’ve been praying for doesn’t come, how do we keep the faith when life is hard?
The Bible is filled with people who went through hard times, from Job to the early Christians in the New Testament and yet still held on to their faith. How do we like those who have walked before us, keep the faith when everything in us screams to let go and walk away. When our heart is breaking beneath the weight of loss, grief, and disappointment. How do we keep our faith strong in the face of life’s storms?
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Keeping The Faith When Life Is Hard
When it comes down to it, we have to decide if the disappointment and the heartbreak will be the thing that shatters our faith. Or if we will keep the faith in difficult times. The truth is that even on the bad days, God is good. He hasn’t changed, only our perspective has. The difficult times don’t change the truth, they just reveal another layer. He is still God in the storm. Nothing can or will change that, and nothing can knock Him from His throne.
Even at the darkest hour, you are held firmly in His hand, and even though you don’t know the reason for this storm, and you’re haunted by the whys, rest in the knowledge that He does. And His plan is perfect.
Bible Verses About Faith In Hard Times
Here are some of our favorite Bible verses about faith in hard times, to help when you are struggling to keep the faith:
- You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV
- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV
- The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18 NIV
- Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:7-10 NIV
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-18 NIV
Keeping The Faith In The Midst Of The Storm
Keeping the faith in the midst of the storm isn’t easy, but it’s in our darkest moments that we need to cling to our faith all the tighter. Keeping the faith means trusting God despite the questions, despite the pain, despite the disappointment. It means clinging to His truth and promises even tighter when doubt scream in our ears and everything in us wants to walk away.
Keeping the faith requires being ok with not having all the answers, with not knowing why God didn’t answer the way we wanted Him to. It’s a choice, day after day to keep trusting God and believing that He is good. He is in control, and His plan is far better than you and I could ever understand.
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