Keeping Your Faith in the Darkest Times

Life is full of difficulties. Although unavoidable, they aren't impossible to get through. Yet, this simple truth is easy to forget when faced with our darkest moments. It's easy to neglect our faith in God when we feel He has abandoned us, and left us to deal with hardship ourselves.

The most important thing to remember when faced with hardship is that we are not alone even if we feel like it. You may feel as though God has dropped a situation on your lap and left you to cope. This is not the case.

Look around you. You are surrounded by family, friends and kind-hearted strangers that God placed in your lives to support you, listen to you and comfort you when times get tough. He is there, in each of them, giving you love and guidance through them.

He has not abandoned you.

There are lessons in life that cannot be learnt without going through difficulties. God allows you to experience hardship so you can grow as a person and in your faith. He will answer your prayers according to his plan for you.

Psalm 88 is undoubtedly one of the most heartbreaking and desperate pieces of writing in the entire Bible. The writer pours out their heart in desperation to God, feeling they heave been abandoned. Their final words demonstrate this.

“You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.”
Psalm 88:18

It is not the end of the passage we should focus on, but rather the beginning. Before listing everything wrong with their life, the writer reaches out to God.

“LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.”
Psalm 88:1

They acknowledge that their hope and salvation rests with God, and that whilst He may not appear active right now, you must trust He is working behind the scenes to bring you from that darkness and into light.

He promised us he would not leave us, and it is important to remain in faith.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6

He has not abandoned you.

Absence does not mean silence.

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