Hard Times Come

"People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.”  Ecclesiastes 9:12

If you have lived for any length of time, there is a high probability that you have faced some difficulty in your life.  This verse reminds us that we can never predict when sudden tragedy might strike us.  But, what do we do when we encounter these hard times?  What else does the Holy Bible say about hard times and tragedies?

First, we are to pray.

James 5:13 says, “Are any of you suffering hardships?  You should pray. Are any of you happy?  You should sing praises.”  And, I Thessalonians 5:17 tells us, “Never stop praying.”

Next, we are to rejoice.

Romans 12:12 tells us to, “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Philippians 4:4 says, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

And finally, we must believe.

In Mark 11:24, Jesus said, “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”  Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” 

It is not always our first response to pray, rejoice, and believe when hard times come, but it should be.  Why?  It is because we know that God still has ultimate control of all things, and He helps us to trust Him, standing on every promise that we find in His Word.

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