What to do when hard times come upon you
Times are getting financially difficult for a lot of people these days, including Christians.
Because of this, sometimes we may find ourselves developing the attitude of the Israelites, who had to do without many conveniences
during their trek through the desert from Egypt.
Perhaps we may feel—as did they—that we've been serving God, yet we're still experiencing hardships.
We might feel God no longer loves us, and is turning His ear from our prayers.
We might think to ourselves:
"I'm truly striving to please God in every way; why then is God bringing all this on me and my family?"
Because of their hardships, the Israelites similarly began to grumble against God, and later turned against Him—in spite of the fact that
God had provided all their needs previously.
For this attitude and their disobedience they were punished severely. Paul wrote:
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the
Nonetheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies fell in the desert.
These things happened as examples for us,
so that we would not set our hearts on evil things—as they did.
And we should not grumble, as some of them did—and were destroyed by the destroyer.
These things happened to them as examples—and were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages have come.
So—if you think you are standing—be careful that you don't fall.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. But God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can
bear—but when you are tempted He will also provide a way of escape, so that you will be able to endure it.
(1 Corinthians 10:1-13)
So, when hard times come upon us, let's remember instead to thank God for what we now have, for all He has done for us in the past,
and for what He has promised to do for us in the future.
If we have needs, let's remember to present our requests to God "with thanksgiving." Paul wrote:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything—by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving—let your requests be made known to God.
Paul also wrote:
Do everything without complaining or arguing,
so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and pure—children of God without fault in a
crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like lights in the world...
When times are difficult, instead of complaining of hardships, God desires that we "count our blessings."
In doing this, we will
indeed "prove ourselves to be blameless and pure [and] shine like lights in the world."
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