What happens when we face hard and difficult times? It is not a question of if they will come, but when? “Yea, and all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). “Blessed are ye when me shall revile you and persecute you…” (Matthew 5:12). What will the child of God do when the world seems to cave in on him? Where will he go to find the strength to stand rather than stumble and fall?
A Christian can go to the word of God. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12). We should go to the Bible when problems come. It is powerful. It is God’s power unto salvation (Romans 1:16). It has the power to work effectual in us (1 Thessalonians 2:13). We are to us the word of God to bring comfort to ourselves and others (1 Thessalonians 4:18). When everything seems to be going wrong do we go to the Bible? We often go everywhere and to everyone without consulting the book that contains “all that pertains to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). God has provided us the Bible to give comfort and hope (Romans 15:4).
Next, the Christian has a Father who sees all. How many times do we feel that no one cares what we are going through? “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with who we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). As much as parents like to protect their children they can’t see everything that happens. God, however, is omniscient. He sees everything. He knows what is going on in our lives. He sees the good and the bad. Paul said that God was with him when no one else was (2 Timothy 4:17, 18). We should have the same confidence. We are never alone when we are walking with God (1 John 1:5-7). There is o place that we can go that is out of the watchful eye of God (Psalm 139:7-12).
When trouble comes where could I go? I should ho to the great High Priest. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points temped like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:14-15). What better place to go than to our Savior? He faced what we face. He is touched with our problems. When Jesus healed people He would often tell them to go to the priest and offer according to the law. When we face trials and temptations we should rely on God (1 Corinthians 10:13). He will provide the way of escape.
Finally, the Christian can go to God in prayer. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We are to cast our cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). In our time of need we are to go to God for mercy and grace. We have the right to go boldly unto Him. He cares for like no other.