How To Trust God in Hard Times

Those who Apply Biblical Principles Abound in the Goodness and Favor of God

God's people have God's favor. Every day, believers, and honestly, even unbelievers, can wake up in a world where God's favor shines down like the sun on a warm summer day. Believers, however, know the source of this favor, and should appreciate it more because they can learn the Biblical principles to access more and more of God's wonderful favor.

The Bible makes it clear that God is no respecter of persons, which means that He shows no partiality. (2 Samuel 14:14; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; 1 Peter 1:17) So in considering the subject of God's favor, it must be understood that He is not randomly singling out one person on whom to bestow His favor, and nonchalantly dismissing another. He has no favorites. “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)

The word translated favor is the same Greek word translated grace. The word is charis, and it especially denotes God's divine and undeserved grace and favor manifested towards mankind or to any individual. It is free and unmerited, shown forth to humanity, regardless of sin or good works. It is the goodness and love of God demonstrated 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 the goldmine of God's favor.

During the time of Noah, God saw the irreparable wickedness of mankind, and devised a plan to cleanse the earth so that He could begin again. “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7) It was at this time that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the first place in the Bible where the word grace, or favor, is used. Noah was the last believing man in the lineage of Seth. “Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9) Noah's heart of faith and lifestyle of righteousness qualified him to be the sole candidate of God's favor. In truth, the requirements have never changed.

Job was “blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” In Job's own words to God, even after his calamities, he acknowledged God as the source of favor. “You have granted me life and favor, And Your care has preserved my spirit.” (Job 10:12)

In 1 Samuel 2:26, “The child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men.” Samuel grew up in the temple under the tutelage of Eli, and at a young age he learned to hear and obey the voice of the Lord God. Samuel became a mighty prophet, and Israel's last judge, who also anointed both Saul and David as kings. Over a thousand years later, another young man grew up in a godly household, with the diligent and righteous parenting skills of Joseph and Mary. Similar to Samuel, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52)

In hard times God's people clearly need and desire God's favor. Even in slavery and imprisonment, Joseph set his heart to trust God, and found favor in the eyes of those over him (Genesis 39:4, 21). Trusting God is clear-cut and simple when one's lifestyle is already in alignment and harmony with God's Word. The righteous men previously mentioned all kept God's commandments and disciplined their lives to be obedient, thereby securing God's favor.

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3, 4)

Remember that God has no favorites. There is no such thing as luck. Those who faithfully apply the principles of the Bible in daily living abound in God's graciousness and goodness. He shows His favor to those who do His Word.

“The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil. Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard. Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.” (Psalm 84:11; 5:12; Proverbs 11:27; 13:15; 14:9)

Written by: Pete Miller