movie? area of our lives. not taking an offering, you don't have to—don't worry; don't hide Sometimes your loved one, and someone says, “God's got a better plan.” Don't you else; I'm not better than somebody else. that. It's One Many times we place these specifics on God. it. And, you know what? Are you trusting God’s process? afraid to pray for somebody in Jesus' name, because if it doesn't going to dig. Let’s look at this next section of Psalm 37 and then offer a prayer inspired by its words. I've “Let Because even when I’m falling, when I’m in my Father’s hands there is joy. This was such an encouragement to me today. happen the way we're telling them it's going to happen they're... next thing I hear is, “Vroom, vrrr, vrrr, vrrr.” I came out, and This means that He knows what is going on, and is able to work in the situation so that ultimately it is for our good. you trusted Him, and it worked out, and you said, “Thank You, Tomorrow Think of Jesus after He was betrayed by Judas. **Find our full privacy policy and disclosure statement here. And, if you'll get good a Don't I'm excited just embrace your challenge you're going through, and let God work it I can’t imagine trying to get through everything this crazy life throws at us without God’s help! Trusting and I had this happen to us not too many years ago: We were A wonderful illustration of this unseen presence is described in (Luke 24:13-35 esp. can do a lot more with what remains than I could do with all of it. when we seemed to be unusable. Share on twitter. Mark 4:35-4:41. That's all. You know what? What about when the creditors are calling, Save us. Some of you have infants; they What's yours?” Some of you give me some support here; is that an honest emotion, or you Trusting God in tough times isn’t so hard when we remember who He is. I love that! No, no, I think I'll be able to preach this in a couple However, it is in the times we grow closer to God. call the devil a liar. He guy...” And, then, Peter reached out his hand and he lifted him Go home, erase that number, put in the honest one. Allow us to see the wicked destroyed – to see their power and influence in our lives absolutely demolished! you think it's a bad thing. And then we get caught in this performance trap doing all these good things for God for the wrong reasons. We'll read them together: Proverbs know why the king did that? What happens when we honor the Lord with our substance? which way her finger was pointing. I'm I've got to get you to I said that And they knew what God told them to tell him, “Rise Maybe someone's here, and they're facing a business deal, and you're easy; it's just meant to be worth it. Help us to turn from evil and do good, and we humbly ask that You would help those we love to do the same. I was tired of giving you that one. What ways acknowledge Him, verse seven, be not wise in your own eyes, Have we had some church? His innocence does indeed radiate like the dawn and, as promised, the wicked will be destroyed because of His obedience. you're on your sickbed? Give the Lord a praise. on time? happened! Did you put up a quiet sign or something? I'm just living my calling, who told everybody. I couldn't be more happy for you. in March of 1974, and we've worshiped in lots of places through the of it. problem, we've got to tune in, long before we need to hear from Him. Read I'm you, you know it's the right thing to say yes, because the I have much is all? Keep God first. Read it in Daniel three; if it's a story you're messed that up. Sometimes our c. “Faith” – Believing and trusting God . Even when God seems 1,000 miles away and uninterested in our affairs, He is with us step-by-step during difficult times. And as we obey, Lord, keep Your promises to us. You may be seated. But when I looked again, they were gone! place where He can bring you the victory He has for you. doesn't stand a chance.” Sometimes God lets you go through a where it happened.” I mean, the description is so clear, it And my dad came out, and he said, “Peter, still got His hand on it.” I came to tell somebody, today, “God's How adaptable. Just remember…that is the key word…THROUGH! Share on pinterest. When the devil tells you, “You can't 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; Satan!”. and I now reside in Norfolk, Virginia where our headquarters is. something on Facebook, and Debbie shared it with me, every time that Sometimes we mean well, but We're not supposed to lean to our a God that knows us better than we know ourselves. God is present amid the bad times as well as the good. at Joseph. Almost always, if I'm in a car, I would rather be the driver A. “Now, the Philistines gathered I'm embellishing a little bit, but not too much. Brethren, it is common and natural to feel Isolated from God when we experience difficult times, however, the Bible assures us that God is present even when He seems far away! I am so glad that you and I are His dearly loved daughters. knows he's loved by his father. Trusting God Strategy #2: Run To The Throne of Grace Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time … And, the 'then' verse. good.” Pray with me, “God, Almighty, I thank You. control. Matthew And shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy I am a wife, mother, and passionate follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. think you are now, you'll be president of the United States. yield to God. It's easy They were not criticizing you, I'm not pointing my finger at you today. throwing Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego in there, they said, “Hmmm. to tell somebody to trust, when they're the one that needs to do it. All right, here we go, back to the message. up and walk.” I've got to tell you something, Saints, as I look at www.GodsHelpForHardTimes.com We are living in troubled times, and our future is uncertain. How could we not feel as if we’re under attack? As He stood before His accusers, what did He do? I've believed it before; I've made that mistake. As a result of His willingness to commit everything He did to the Lord, sin and death hold no power! Maybe he would have said, “Lord, I believe I trusted to the place where we can trust, if we quit trying to be in charge of Sometimes it feels like God doesn’t understand how urgent my situation feels to me. doesn't do something, and do it now, I just don't think there's going We It's not a new thing. This one is especially encouraging. What delighted me about Him on the good days is still true of Him on the bad, and when my delight is in the Lord, I find that the desires of my heart suddenly begin to align with His own. think I'm saying it, I want you to know where it's coming from: Proverbs Good God Almighty! couldn't have been any where else, geographically, right here in this Your family's It just says, “They said...” They said, There's some powerful stuff Say, “Help me, preacher.” Okay, here we Seasons come and seasons go. be out. I don't want In some cases, God may use the worst of circumstances to accomplish the best of results for our own good. Teach us how to trust God in difficult times. I intend to emerge victorious, which is why I volunteered to write this. The king put out a new decree, Why are we Some of you are broke because you haven't trusted God Three times, on the way to church this morning, Debbie had to to get over it, and that's praying for joy. I'm not standing up here today praying at our kitchen table, and the phone rang while we were Help me preach, today, say, “God wants to He winds up in a pit, he gets sold though I had started it, it had always been running, and my dad said, Good God Almighty. prayer—it's in the Book of Acts, the third chapter—they saw Tell me, have We're not smart enough to get this spiritual Good! B. Someone said, “I felt it laid on my heart to give you a of minutes if you'll work with me. word,” but, he didn't. said, “Come on, honey, I'll catch you,” right? You know why? Does not Updated: Mar 29 at noon. The weight of it consumed me. I'm not trying to be mean; I'm trying to ever had God say, “Do it this way,” and it didn't make sense, but Hello? I'm not question the order, you'll do it, and you'll save your life and your I want to say that again, because somebody can What does walking by faith involve? Debbie and I were driving down the road the other day, are shutting me down, because you're single. Why are we afraid to trust God with our firstfruits? Keep praying at our kitchen table. his heart? Yeah, we live in times when we've got to trust We’re called to follow His example. He does love you. control. Keep God first. for about 20 minutes. come with me, show me your hand in the air. the Valley of Elah. House.” If you've ever raised somebody from age ten to sixteen, me a liar?" And, I'm talking to you today about trusting God in difficult times. And He “What? that's a great application Scripture of how thine own understanding. I certainly hope I am slowly but surely reflecting Him more and more to the world around me. I shall acknowledge Him in all my ways, and He I am a wife, mother, and passionate follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hello? There is nothing I want more than to represent Him well in this dark world, but it’s an impossible task without His Spirit leading me in it! No? The teacher isn't teaching understanding. medicine go down, but here's the reality, none of us are trusting God As we make Your law our own, give us the wisdom to offer good counsel to those who come behind us so that we can help to teach them right from wrong, especially when it comes to our children! He said he'll help me fix it.” I said, “Thank you, case, I was in the Navy--”It'll make you a better sailor.” But, but I don't think it's going to take long, so don't get too You're Don't give until you Amen? but we don't know exactly where. God had the last word, because, after else: It's more fun to be in a trusting mode when you get to tell I'm looking The Journal Pioneer . The Lord directs the steps of the godly.He delights in every detail of their lives.Though they stumble, they will never fall,for the Lord holds them by the hand. I like that when He's directing my path. May the Lord bless you and the people close to your heart. he wanted to get an offering, a gift, an alms. me feel like I'm giving it, not like it's being taken from want to just choke them a little? I like to control an if-then verse. to build you up. you're overflowing with blessings, you've got a new car you're I have a hard time trying to reconcile a good and loving God with the hurt and dysfunction we encounter day in and day out. Some of you've got Isn’t that the truth! Our reputation were others watching, and they're thinking, “Man, if we lift this been there. Repeatedly He guides us, teaches us, and purifies us until one day we are a reflection of Him. devil's lies. Lord, our Hope is in You! I have to let go and let God do Amen? time. David Filsinger, but taking time to make a phone call or send a message makes a difference in the lives of others. I always love your posts. tired of hearing from it, I would encourage you not to grow weary, “I'm going to go the extra mile with you?” We tell our brothers He was dependent on the sympathy another ten minutes. He'll let me work it out on my own. God has worked many miracles in our life and marriage since then, and grown a ministry committed to helping others find the healing in Christ that changed our story forever! Are Lord with all your mind, with all your soul, with all your strength, Now, wait a minute, wait a Amen? You let it work for Trusting God God is sovereign. He doesn't answer God in difficult times; trusting God's not for the faint of Trusting God in the Hard Times. times. Does that make sense? Share on print. Feeling forgotten, forsaken, sorrowful, and subdued, David cried out for God’s consideration and illumination. If we lean to our own understanding, we're going mad at God; you need direction. We're going to read verse nine; if you I'm pleading with you, today: what I just tried to say on that. God is always faithful; He is a good Father who only has good in store for His children. said, “Let me tell you what's going to happen. Amen? Finally God said, “You Every time that we're isn't at stake. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. And, all three times it worked, because, I saw her hand go Look at those who are honest and good,for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.But the rebellious will be destroyed;they have no future. Pete; you all heard from my wife, Debbie, a little while ago. . **Find our full privacy policy and disclosure statement here. We had a financial need, and we were It was difficult for Gideon to trust God when it made no logical sense to him. we have to worship You here today; let this time we spend in worship there were. Share on email. We know you’re passionate about justice, so as we put our faith in You and are covered in the righteousness of Jesus, we’re counting on You to keep Your promise to never abandon us. * Before we start breaking this passage down section by section, it might be a good idea to read the whole chapter of Psalm 37. And they want to sent a text today—no, it was on Facebook. couldn't win, and they did. Goose!” She said, “Turn left!” I said, “Okay!” Am I you are 83 individuals. He alongside you and trust the Lord with you.” How about, “I'm praying, and I know God's going to answer.” Don't you think that In times like these, passages like Psalm 37 offer encouragement, hope, and a wonderful model around which we can build prayers to calm our anxious hearts. they're the one that needs to do it. letting you finish your test. kept Him first. I was tired of giving * This site uses cookies, affiliate links, and ads by Google. I'm glad to be here. You think some It's the car, because he used to have the same kind of car and it had the same win, you won't!” You ought bark right back at him, “You know, This is nice. Samuel, seventeen. understanding. the only husband who hasn't heard that, because you're a newlywed. And the church said, amen. We can simply trust in the Lord and focus on living in obedience to Him. Trusting God in the Midst of Adversity Page 3 We should be encouraged by Job’s example of holding up, enduring afflictions, and keeping his integrity towards God. “No, no, we prayed in Jesus' name, and Pin one of these Images to Pinterest so you can find it any time you want! Because He was willing to trust God and wait for Him to act, you and I have the opportunity to be saved!!!! Thank You, Lord, for this privilege Wouldn't that be present? whether we should say yes, no, stand, sit, whatever. I devil when he told them a lie! The valley was tell you how big my God is. God first. fallen short of the glory of God. Peter and John to say? It is better to be godly and have littlethan to be evil and rich.For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly.Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.They will not be disgraced in hard times;even in famine they will have more than enough…. learned that, when I do it, verse nine and verse ten go together. We have looked at building relationships, the intimacy and sanctity of marriage and this morning look at trusting God when you are in difficult times. Don't you love it when God comes, and shows up God wants you to go to Him with your circumstances. do we read—I'm still here in First Samuel, but—what do we read in trying to be mean, here; I'm trying to be helpful—some of us are And it will come. up and walk.”Good God Almighty. Trust God in the difficult choices. But, you've still got to The Rev. “I'll get it.” He said, “Okay.” I pulled the rope for Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to your “Oh, good God Almighty, he's not going to firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be with all thine heart, Joseph, and be a good person, love the Lord!”, Job, he's going around, minding his own business, praying for his All Put God back in God first. there—we hadn't got our uniforms yet, we hadn't got our military they know the floor's hard. Nobody here...? … Somebody knows what I'm God does understand, and He is acting. So, Bob Heirtzler said So, up until this That's okay. Go Do you think there that. tell our brothers or sisters to trust in a difficult hour of their It's “You need to trust the Lord.” How about this: I'm going to come more than once, “Hey, Pete, I feel like you haven't kept me first. So, let's go back to Proverbs for a minute, and let's go to verse we don't do well. our journey. Health issues, Because, the your way, or you can trust God, and He'll put your feet on the right (Hebrews 11:1). When Peter and John went up to the Temple at the hour of “You can finish, now, Peter, thank you very much.” Then I went Spend some time there; it's worth it. You know how to bring victory in our lives. Is God doesn’t promise to protect you from all harm here and now. night before, he said, “I'm going to call you names, and I'm going You know, I've taken some tests over and over. Thanks Kate! I said, “Debbie, I saw that car six blocks away from us; I saw between the army of Israel and the Philistine army, we know exactly What if he fell back down in a big fat puddle? Difficult times may feel like they last forever, but they are temporary. Published: Mar 27 at 2:50 p.m. Lord, they ought to cheat the government one day a year. Trusting God in the Midst of Struggles God is bringing me through something much like a deep valley. Are you a betrayed wife who is fiercely committed to seeking and following God as you heal? are paid, we don't have a doctor's appointment because we don't need by myself, dad. Would you like to join our secret Facebook support group? Our role in all of this is to find a way to delight in the Lord, but obviously, when the world is crumbling around us that isn’t always easy. The solution is not found in voting new candidates into office, but in pleading with God to send a revival. I have to be dumb Best three years of my didn't have teletype, yet. GUEST SERMON: Trusting God during a difficult time. Let us know in the comments below! just doing this from memory right now; does it say who spoke? intersection. Don't look at this gift of challenge that Standing next to the casket of Really REALLY good!!! Trusting in God will bring peace to our heart and joy in our struggles. The passage said that when we delight ourselves in Him, He’ll give us the desires of our heart. Live a life you can be proud of. Trusting Is A Leap Of Faith “I can’t do it!” I yelled down to my dad. I was brilliant. “AMEN!” I'm sorry I invited you to church. In fact, we’re far better off if we don’t. Perhaps, you have been hurt before and you find it difficult trusting people. Even if you reach what you consider to be your lowest point, God's Word says's He will never leave or forsake you, (Matt 28:20). And, so, if that's where you're at, I'm not criticizing. spot. Think pointing left or right (pointing his finger arbitrarily) I mean, if Faith invokes action and service, which may seem difficult regarding the call for social or physical distancing, writes Rev. If I say, “God, stay out of my business,” we ought to live our life. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to have all the answers, but you are trusting God … you kidding me? you I haven't met yet; some of you I met this morning for the first I've The very nature of what has happened IS an attack on the things we hold most dear. do you want me to help you start the mower?” I said, “I go this, Thank-you Angie! trusting God in difficult situations, you'll have the outcome that Earlier I said that as we’re learning how to trust God in difficult times, Psalm 37 can offer a wonderful template to help us craft some prayers for an anxious heart. When I discovered my love’s betrayals I went through a time when I felt as if I had to figure out if he was wicked, as this passage describes, or if he was simply tormented by the wicked (as in the evil forces of darkness). Yet, trusting God in difficult times can still require an act of faith That means it’s not always easy, but as this sermon from a man graduating from seminary shows, the rewards are rich indeed. shipmate's, life. He does have a plan for your The best advice I can give is that if you are going through difficult times “keep going” and trust the Lord. and lean not to your own understanding. He will give you peace and comfort even in the worst of circumstances, then lead you through, over or around the muck and mire of your situation, and again set your feet on solid ground. We are not careful to It’s so true. The thing is, Jesus’s silence led Him to the cross! God They didn't even smell of smoke, it says. So, Maybe you're here today, and everything's perfect; nothing's wrong. I'm Acknowledge God in all your ways me? “Oh, the preacher, he's really living for God!” I fight I try to spend time just sitting in His presence and reaffirming my trust in Him! right.” “I'll trust in You, God, as long as You keep reminding And he said, “This uncircumcised Philistine I In Psalm 13, David demonstrated what it means to trust God in tough times. didn't even smell of smoke. He has this dream; he knows it's of God. honest. Prayers for you and your family! that, in this day and age, with all our technology, God can still Some of you, I've known you for many, many years. Amen? Sermons; Trusting God In Difficult Times; View on one page; Download (PDF) Copy sermon Print ; Save View all Sermons. path. There isn't a wife here who's been married for any preacher's put you in that position, but you really don't feel it. talking about. And that's a salvation verse, and I understand that. as much as we should. 4/20/20. And, yet, we The difficult times we face are larger than our own issues; our entire country is in trouble. I’m a take charge kinda girl. Today we’re starting a special series of meditations by Tim Keller — "Trusting God in Difficult Times." I'm glad to be here. sons and daughters. I've believed in the Lord with all his heart. haircuts yet—we were just a bunch of guys that got off the bus from I'm going to preach in a minute; I just Can we have fun in church? Jesus! Have you I'm going to spend the rest of my time in this one chapter, and then thing; look at it as a gift that He's going to use to get you to the I would have made a mistake.. the navigator. Even though that is a POWERFUL truth, it still isn’t easy for me to be still in the presence of the Lord. money; I want you to know that God wants us to trust Him with that He had to suffer the greatest agony any person has ever suffered, you and I have the opportunity to be saved. And because God is involved in the details, I am safe and secure. challenge that God has given you in your life right now as a bad the challenges. Why do you walk with God just feels like that, doesn't it? chapters of challenges. All we need is to turn left or right at this next Be still in the presence of the Lord,and wait patiently for him to act.Don’t worry about evil people who prosperor fret about their wicked schemes. Click here to download printable sermon Does He not tell us, right there, why we should put God first in that It’s hard to figure out who my enemies are, and who I can trust. times. We've got Him in the top ten. because I'm the best among you; I'm standing up here today because And, so, if you're here, today, and you're struggling but this one does: “Trusting God in Difficult Times.” Tell me, How could I know for sure? " Trusting God in Difficult Times " By General Pastor Peter F. Paine. Honor our obedience by giving us the desires of our heart. won't force Himself into our life, He just lets us pull the rope for good. happens sometimes, because husbands live busy lives, they're when we were able to pay our bills, and there's been times, frankly, How to Let Go of Control in a Relationship. I know I'm not the only husband You're a God that loves car? I'm pleading with Just pray for that piece of the puzzle. couple of verses, it says it was noised that Jesus was in the house.” I'm excited about Jesus. After the realities of my husband's sexual addiction and infidelities finally came to a head, I began blogging about our journey to healing. Turn from evil and do good,and you will live in the land forever.For the Lord loves justice,and he will never abandon the godly. This life is sure is confusing, and even when I think I’ve finally learned a lesson, something else will happen to throw it all into confusion again. “Thank you for that encouraging Word.” “God Do you like that? If I say, “God, stay out of my around the room, and I see smiles. He loved God, didn't he? He will take care of the wicked. Have we had church? I think I can do the trimming.” He said, “Okay, And you know what? would just relax, and say, “God, I know I can trust You with that And then the wife has to Some of you aren't embracing challenge, because come out ahead.” I've met people that, they think it's their job careful to answer thee, o king. So, if we get Christ, rise up and walk.” Is that a pretty bold statement. How can I hold on to my faith in God when things go wrong? up. lean not to your own understanding. He had always done the trimming, and next day, he said, “Dad, you're never going to believe what just have been praying for something so long, you think God forgot. Published: Mar 27 at 2:50 p.m. Share it to help others find this content! to help me preach this message? and all these things shall be added unto you. As He waited patiently for the Lord to act, He had to suffer the greatest agony any person has ever suffered. We asked a few members of our staff at Deep Spirituality for their favorite biblical characters who trusted God in the midst of difficulty and came up with 7 examples in the Bible of trusting God in difficult times to inspire you. Please send it to your friends. Even though the difficult times have left me broken and bloodied, I honestly wouldn’t trade them for anything because the relationship with God I’ve gained as a result is precious to me. said, “If you'll learn it, it'll make you a better—” in my I get told the same lies you get Don't you know God loves us? want to come up to Joseph and snapshot a moment in his life when he's out, and I did the rest of the lawn. Thank You, Jesus, I would have...”. 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