Life isn’t always easy, is it? Even as a Christian we have hard times. God didn’t promise an easy life after salvation, did He? Sometimes I think we wish He had. A nice house, a nice car, obedient kids, extended family with no drama. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Yet He flat out told His disciples that they would be hated and persecuted but encouraged them to get up, dust off their feet and keep going. How do we keep going when life is hard?
Grace is our lifeline when we are going through hard times. God’s grace is sufficient for you. He isn’t going to give us more than He can handle. He uses trials in our lives to strengthen our faith and without faith we can’t grow in grace.
4 Truths for Experiencing Grace in Your Trials
You can boldly approach the throne of grace during your trials.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (emphasis added)
We go to God for grace to help us through. When we think we can’t make it, when we are suffocating under the weight of our problems, we can find grace, hope, and love in prayer.
Prayer is a means of receiving more grace in our lives, especially in hard times.
Are you taking advantage of it?
There is a light at the end of the tunnel of your pain.
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Oh, how I love this verse!
If you are in the midst of a trial, coming out of a trial or one is likely ahead of you, you can have faith that it won’t last forever. There is a light flickering in the distance, even when if feels impossible.
Imagine how different our attitude would be if we would remember this truth.
While others are losing their minds with anxiety, you can rest assured knowing your God is big enough. He’ll meet you right where you are, when you come to Him and trust Him. He’s bigger than your fear, your anxiety, the lies you tell yourself, bigger than all the pain. Preach that to yourself during the hard times.
Don’t leave grace on the shelf.
Isn’t is easy to put grace on the shelf and fall into the habit of biting everyone’s head off and losing your cool when you are in the midst of a trial?
If someone hurts us we immediately want to hurt them.
If someone cuts us off in traffic we want to ride their bumper the rest of the way. That’ll show them!
If you serve in your church, you know very well how easily people can hurt you.
But if we give into the temptation to hurt back or quit then we are putting grace on the shelf. Which is exactly what God doesn’t want us to do.
2 Corinthians 8:7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
We cannot leave out grace!
Don’t stop being kind, loving, giving and serving.
Do what you can with what you have. Don’t look at all the things going wrong or what will happen tomorrow , but look at what you can do right now, today.
When you cover your relationships and hard times with grace, you can carry on. It is possible.
Dust off your shoes and do your best.
God will give the strength and grace that you need.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
We can have peace during hard times if we are growing in grace and seeking more grace from the Lord. We don’t have to become a basket case filled with fear, worry or anger when life get’s hard. Are you going to win every battle? Probably not. Peter sure didn’t when he was walking on water! But if you keep trying, you will win more and more. Then, you will be able to carry on.
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Your turn! Do you have a hard time applying grace to your trials? Are you going through a trial that I can pray for? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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