What does the Bible say about difficult seasons?

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).

What do we do when we find ourselves in a difficult season?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2–4).

What are some practical steps to take when I find myself in a difficult season?

  1. Learn the difference between hope and expectations. The Word says that “hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5, NASB). Hope is rooted in God and His character. Expectations are tied to us and others around us. God’s character can be trusted regardless of what our outward circumstances tell us. That hope gives us the ability to keep on putting one foot in front of the other and to live full lives even in the midst of difficult situations.
  2. Pray that you would KNOW (experientially know) His comfort. He knows you intimately. He knows just the right way to comfort you in a way that you receive it. Not everyone is comforted in the same way. Be open to ways He brings you comfort. It could be an unexpected phone call from a loved one. It could be flowers delivered to you by a friend. It could be the body of Christ surrounding you with prayer. Keep looking for His comfort; it’s there! “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, NIV).
  3. Ask Him to show you others who need comfort, also. The above verse tells us that He comforts us so that we can comfort those with the comfort we’ve received. Maybe it’s someone experiencing something similar. Or it could be someone who just needs to be reminded of God’s character regardless if it’s the same thing you are experiencing. During some of the most difficult times in our lives, I’ve prayed, “Lord, please do not let this hard season we are in be in vain!”



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