Strength in Troubling Times

Do you often have doubts? Are you currently dealing with a difficult situation? Do you know someone in a difficult situation who is asking you for advice? How do you get through difficult situations? What or who do you lean on?

We all are going through a difficult situation right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems we are either unemployed or one of the front-line workers. You may be a construction worker who is currently furloughed and having to file for unemployment. You may be a grocery clerk who has been put under additional stress to get the shelves stocked as quickly as the shipments come in. You may be medical staff having to treat patients with COVID-19 while continuing to treat other emergency patients.

Though many people may have welcomed the first week or two being off work, it quickly becomes old being forced to stay home. Even those who continue to work become tired of not just the stress, but not being able to get out to shop or eat at a restaurant. Our nerves are wearing thin and we all are looking for relief.

Where does that relief come from? It can only come from One person—God. Our faith in God will get us through. Our faith in God will provide us calm, peace, contentment, strength, and courage. It is our faith, our trust in God, that gives us the strength to continue. It causes us to go beyond what we think is possible and beyond what is possible without Him.

We are not alone in our struggles. Not only is virtually everyone else around us struggling, but Jesus’ apostles also struggled during their time with Him. He was in the boat with them when a storm blew up and started to swamp the boat. They were afraid they were going to be sunk. Yet Jesus simply chastised them for their little faith in Him—though I believe He did so gently.

During this challenging time, we not only need to lean heavily on our faith, but we need to exercise patience with one another. Of course, that patience will also come from our faith in God. We must hold on to the knowledge that God is still at work and in control—even if we don’t think so.

I pray we all hold on to our faith. I pray we all continue in strength and courage provided by God. I pray we are patient with one another. I pray each one of us come through this with a faith stronger than when all this began. Lean on God. Trust Jesus Christ. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit. Be patient. Experience God’s peace.

Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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