How to Rekindle Your Faith in Troubled Times
There are times when we all face hardships in life. Be it a serious illness or a financial hardship, it is during these adversities that we stand strong in our faith. But sometimes, the hardships might overpower everything.There are times when our faith is greatly challenged and it could be challenged to the point that fear takes over faith.
Our job, relationship, family, faith- when life begins to go south, no area of our life is saved from the panic we feel. As a result, we walk in the fear of the unknown, instead of choosing our faith and belief in God.
Rekindling faith can be challenging at times, but it is also the most rewarding. Here are a few ways to strengthen your faith during troubled times:
Cultivate the right attitude
Negative emotions can easily get the better of you. Don’t get swept away by them. We can’t ignore reality, but we also shouldn’t let it make us feel hopeless.
When we allow God to renew our mind, we take a step towards cultivating the right attitude.
“I will get through this with God’s help”. If we approach hardships with this attitude, it becomes easier to face each day (see Ephesians 4:22-24). Otherwise, we end up swimming against the current all alone, and it’s only a matter of time before we drown.
Demonstrate faith in God
It’s easy to love God when life is perfect. But what happens when things begin to go south? Do we end up blaming God for all that’s wrong in our lives? This is when we get to prove our belief in God and choose faith over fear. Jesus said that all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). In our troubled times, we need to believe that God is going to provide and care for us.
We may have it rough now, but others might have it worse than us. No matter how difficult it might seem, give what you have, you may never know who needs it. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). You don’t have to give money. You can give of what you’ve got and encourage others.
Turn back the dial
Sometimes, we tend to get so caught up in our fast-paced lives, that we run out of time. With the Internet consuming most of our day, our mind doesn’t really get a break.
During difficult times, it is advised to get back to the basics- pray more, spend time on Bible study, develop a daily devotionals plan, read an online Bible and share share struggles with others. Sharing our troubles helps us realise that we are not alone.
If your problems consume your thoughts and you feel like you are in a place of extreme difficulty, remember not to live out of a place of fear and defeat.
Jesus said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).
It is during these troubled times that we need to respond with faith and generosity.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Book of Proverbs 3:5)
No matter how difficult times may be, choose to strengthen your faith instead of letting fear overpower you.