How to stay rooted in the Word through life's trials and hard times
Do you ever notice how it seems like even when everything is going great, the "bad news bears" still come to town one way or another, whether directly or indirectly related to you?
Maybe we hear of the death of a close or distant relative or friend, or maybe it hits a little closer to home. Perhaps we experience other various struggles in life, from big to small.
How do you deal with these things according to the Word? Or, perhaps more importantly, how do we stay rooted in the Word and our Faith throughout?
The Bible is our best tool for reference with any issue in life, and it is because it leads us to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit - and His answer. It is the Word of God, written for us, His people, and it contains everything we need to be whole and complete in life, no matter what we face:
2 Timothy 3:15 (KJV): and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
In fact, 2 Timothy 3 is a great chapter on perilous times indeed, discussing various sins that many will commit causing a global crisis as a totality of these sins, and how staying rooted in the Word is paramount for our faith in Jesus.
During these hard times, we no doubt need comfort - and the Word has much to say about comfort and has many passages as such to comfort us through life’s tough times. Life will have difficulties. No matter who you are, rich, middle class, or poor - everyone experiences hard times and different sets of problems. We all experience setbacks in one way or another.
Sometimes they are sudden and shocking, and other times they are gradual build-ups. Maybe we have suffered the death of a loved one, and maybe it was sudden or maybe it was expected, or maybe you have been forsaken by a loved one. Perhaps our health is poor or not where we want it to be, or our finances are uncertain or "murky". Whatever the issues are, they affect all of us at some point in our life, and the Word states that this is inevitable:
Job 5:7 (ESV): but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.
Genesis 3:17 (ESV): And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;"
So, knowing that the Bible is the Word of God (Isaiah 55:11), written by God’s servants under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21), how do we use it to find comfort?
One of the most important aspects of the Word is the promises that are written within - promises that the Lord makes to those who trust in Him and put faith in Him. It is these promises that bring comfort, promises that feed off the weakest spark of saving faith to provide the reward of comfort, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
There are many promises in the Bible that have to be combined with faith to be realized fully, for without faith it is impossible to please God, the provider of comfort in times of trouble.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV): But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The promises of God cannot be appropriated in the same way by the unbelieving, with whom God is angry continually.
Psalm 7:11 (KJV): God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
Nevertheless, it is because of God’s grace, through the work of regeneration that happens at conversion, that these promises are realized and become the very fuel that spurs us, His people, on to greater faith and greater obedience. These things go hand in hand; we trust God’s promises, and He has promised to reward us accordingly with joy, peace, and comfort, intangible things that the world can never supply.
One of the greatest ways the Bible comforts is Isaiah 26:3:
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV): Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.