I had a conversation with someone the other day who had been dealing with a non-Christian who was going through a tough time. He lived alone and kept things to himself then after a while he would just break down. My friend asked the one going through the hard time who he talked to when things got hard like this, sharing that he talked to God and when he was going through some hard times that without talking to God he was not sure how he would have made it to the place he is now. We cannot speak for non-Christians or what I like to call pre-Christians, but we can talk about Christians. Who do you talk to when you are going through hard times?
This is a question we need to all stop and look at. I know for me in the past it was easier to approach God when things were good, but I would keep to myself when things got hard, and this did me no good. It was not until the other day when I had this conversation that I remember how I used to be and felt from God that I needed to write about it because many walk like this and do not rely on God for everything in their life. If we have given our lives to God and have chosen to follow His ways, then we need to approach God both in the good and hard times no matter what is going on or what we might have done. If we think that we can handle everything ourselves then what we are genuinely stating is that we do not need God. It would only take a moment to understand how untrue this is if God pulled His hand away from our lives. Those who do not think they need the help of God in all areas walk in a high level of pride and are blinded by the truth.
Let’s make sure that we are walking in the truth and bring God into every area of our life. When you are going through hard times going to God in prayer and being honest is the best place to start. God does not state that He will pull us out of what is going on, but He does promise to be there with us and help us through whatever we are going through. These are the times when we need to cry out for wisdom so that we can make the right choices. It is not until we do this in our own lives that we see the fruit of God flowing in our lives through the hard seasons. Just because things are hard around us does not mean we should not have fruit. Our real character will shine, and we and others around us will see our true character because through these hard seasons we cannot hide our character. When we come to understand the value of walking with God, and talking through the hard times with Him, and waiting for a response from Him; then we can help others around us, both Christian and pre-Christian, come to see the full value of walking with God all the time.
So ask yourself this question. Who do you talk too when things are good and hard? If it’s not God who you talk too then why not? Let’s make a point of putting God first in everything.
Timothy, author and friend of God, shares out of a place of daily walking face-to-face with the Lord, encountering both the angelic and the saints of old, seeing and understanding things from a heavenly perspective.