How to Persevere in Hard Times

Turning to Jesus our source of hope and strength

At some point this year, you’ve probably uttered the words, “How long O Lord?”. We’ve all prayed for an end to the pandemic and unrest. We’ve all hoped that God will magically hit the stop button, and snatch us out of what feels like a horror story.

Yet, the Bible warns us that in this life we will have trouble. We will face hardships, trials and tribulations. But God does not abandon us in times like these. God is always by our side; he will never abandon us. Scripture tells us that God is always ready to help in times of trouble, (Psalm 46:1, CEV).

Clinging to Jesus No Matter What

The toughest part of a battle is the middle. It’s hard to have hope and to continue praying when you can’t see an end to the hardship you’re facing. How do you persevere in the midst of a marriage that is falling apart, health that is declining, or loved ones that are struggling? How do you continue to press on when there seems to be no end in sight to the pain and suffering? Scripture offers this encouragement:

“Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise.” (Hebrews 10:23, GNT)

Perseverance means more than simply holding on until the end, it means holding on firmly to Jesus while you’re in the middle of the storm and believing he is ready to help. It means trusting him when nothing makes sense and refusing to let go no matter how hard it gets.

Maybe you’re feeling weary from this battle with Covid. Maybe there are other storms you’ve been weathering for a while- don’t give up. Hold on firmly to Jesus. Now while you’re in the middle, trust him. God can be trusted to keep his promises.

Let’s Pray Together

Father, today as we face incredibly difficult circumstances, we choose to hold firmly to the hope we have in you. God, we trust you and we’re depending on you to help us in our time of need.

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Nena Podbury
Nena Podbury

Nena Podbury is a Prayer Mobilization Associate at American Bible Society. Originally from the Bronx, she served in children’s ministry for 12 years doing Sidewalk Sunday School. Nena is married with two children, Noah and Emilia.

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