Centered in the Will of God -- Trusting God in Hard Times

God's Grace is Sufficient for Christians in Hard Times

The word translated grace is the same Greek word translated favor. The word is charis, and it especially denotes God's divine and undeserved favor manifested towards mankind or to any individual. It is free and unmerited, shown forth regardless of sin or good works. It is the goodness and love of God exhibited in all of creation, and especially through Jesus Christ's works, to appeal to mankind. The believer, by obedience to God's Word, can tap into the richness of God's grace.

In hard times, believers should want to be unquestionably in the center of God's will, and prayerfully walking according to Biblical precepts. In so doing, they will be safe and secure from all the random alarms broadcasted daily in the world. Such messages of death, disasters and destruction glorify the enemy of God, stirring up a cauldron of catastrophe, bringing everything on the bottom to the surface. These are attempts to distract people, especially Christians, from looking steadfastly to God for His wisdom and grace to help in times of need.

Trusting God can become habitual, replacing anxious reactions to the unnerving doom and gloom in the daily news. The key is to spend more time in God's Word, and less time reading or listening to the news, or any media, unless it is Biblically based or uplifting and inspirational. Crisis brings out the best and the worst in humanity. The media has a way of finding the most depraved acts of humanity and turning them into headlines that sow fear in the hearts of people. But God, “according to the riches of His grace” has done so much and given so much and promises so much, that believers need to tune out the god of this world (the adversary) and tune in to the God of truth and “the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

God is gracious, compassionate and merciful. He alone is trustworthy in hard times, and all the time. Through the completed work of Jesus Christ, God “has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

No matter what challenges His people may face, God's words to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 and 10 are true for all believers. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” The Amplified Bible translates these verses as follows: “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. For when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).” The grace of God is enough for anyone in any and every situation.

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you're beyond the need of God's grace.” The person who spoke these words is unknown, but the words are certainly true. No times are ever so hard but that God can come through and save the day. No matter what, God's grace is as vital to survival as oxygen and water.

Author Sarah Ban Breathnach said, “Grace is available for each of us every day - our spiritual daily bread - but we've got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” Just as God provided manna each day for the children of Israel during their forty years in the wilderness, just enough and no more than enough, God is still able and willing to provide for His people whatever their daily needs require. And when this life is over, God's grace doesn't end then, either. Ephesians 2:7 reveals that, in the future, God is planning to “show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction he addeth his mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
Annie Johnson Flint (1862-1932)

Written by: Pete Miller