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How to Keep your Faith Strong in Adversity

Times of adversity can be draining. They sap our strength and weigh down our resolve. It's in these times that we need our faith the most, but when we grow tired, our faith can falter.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-29: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

As believers, we have chosen to follow Jesus, but following Him isn't the same as trusting Him. To truly trust Jesus in every situation we encounter in our lives, we must first understand who He is and why He is worthy of our faith.

When Job struggled in the face of overwhelming loss, God revealed Himself to the man. During this encounter, Job is directed to look to the founding of the world and all of nature for proof of God's wisdom and power. Job's response shows us that while he didn't understand the circumstances surrounding his life, he did understand God's sovereignty (Job 42:2).

Parents who comfort their children during a storm often do so by promising them that everything will be okay. However, in truth, there is only so much they can do in their limited human strength to keep that promise.

Jesus assures us in John 16:4, saying, "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

Because Jesus has conquered sin and death (Revelations 1:18), we can know that His power is sufficient for all our needs and rest in His arms when He soothes us during our own life's storms.

It's important to remember as we study God's nature that He is as wise as He is powerful. Both omniscient and eternal, God knows the beginning of time until the end and has a plan that He is bringing to completion (Isaiah 46).

Though we can't see or understand God's plan completely, the Bible teaches us that He is patiently fulfilling it (2 Peter 3:9) and that He desires all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) and united with Him (Ephesians 1:10).

Once we understand that God has the strength and the wisdom to carry us through our troubles, all that is left is to choose whether or not we will trust that He will.

Another part of Jesus' nature, His love, provides the remaining key we need to place our faith in Him.

God is constantly speaking through the pages of the Bible and in our own life's story of His unending love for us. By coming to know Him personally, we can experience this truth for ourselves. Though like Job, we may not understand the pain and suffering that enters our lives, understanding the nature of Jesus and the gentleness of His heart can give us the confidence we need to fully place our lives and souls in His care.

This trust gives our faith a firm foundation, which lets us persevere through adversity and live the abundant life that He has planned for us (John 10:10, Jeremiah 29:11).