Dealing with Hardships

Dealing with HardshipIf today is “one of those days” you would rather forget, remember that God is available to you every moment of it, no matter what you are facing.

Choosing

Choose not to focus on your problems, but to focus on God. Begin by praising Him for the gift of your salvation. A mere “Thank You” is hardly a sufficient response for the gifts of salvation and eternal life, but expressing continual praise to God will go a long way in showing your thankfulness.

Praising

So praise the Lord! Praise Him for the wonders that are at work in your life and in the lives of your loved ones. Proclaim His praise to the people you meet. Praising God is a wonderful way to testify to the reality of the living God. Praise Him for the true joy you find in Him and in His promises.

Asking

Ask Him for grace.

Ask Him for strength to thank and praise Him.

Ask God to help you remember—pray for wisdom to go to Him for His comfort and guidance in your times of need.

Until you are with the Lord forevermore, there will always be suffering, disappointment, dashed dreams, and even ridicule and persecution. It is at these times you may not feel like praising God, but let your suffering cause you to offer to Him a sacrifice of praise. James 1:2-3 reminds you to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” Praise God and His blessed Son with every step and every breath you take today.

RESPOND

Dear Lord, when hardship comes my way, give me the strength to bear it with grace and maintain a clear conscience. Amen.

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REFLECT

Write down three ways God is using your hardships to grow you more like Him. Give Him thanks for this wonderful work!

REMEMBER

“By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

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