How Do We Handle Difficult Times?

Good Morning Everyone, hope all is well on this rainy day. Thank you for your comments keep them coming. We all have gone through hard times, perhaps some of us are in hard times even now. It is in those times that we face a majority of challenges such as asking the question that we all have asked at one time or another..."why me", "what do i do now", not to mention being hit with feelings of things like fear, doubt, uncertainty and despair.

It is not easy to walk through hard times whether it be financial, loss, or health. These are challenges for all of us regardless of where we are in out spiritual life or otherwise. We are tested as to how we are going to respond to these difficult times and what kind of attitude and character we will have as we walk through them. In many ways, even though non of us like hard times, there is changing that takes place within us that would not take place apart from those times.  These times change who we think we are and challenges us to learn from them and change for the better or become embittered by them letting our circumstances have the final say.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-7

Let’s take a look at Paul's attitude when he faced difficult times. Paul teaches us that though we cannot control our circumstances, we can control our responses to them. Read Philippians 1:19-26.

Paul recognizes that he cannot do anything in his own strength. (Surrender & Humility) He is depended on the prayers of others and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. He is confident that what has happened to him will turn out for his deliverance. (trust &Confidence). He chooses to believe that the Lord Jesus knows of his circumstances and that he has a plan that will deliver him.

He is eagerly hopeful and expecting that he will not be ashamed because of his situation. (Paul recognizes this situation is not about him even though it is happening to him). (Selflessness) His eyes are not on himself but on Jesus. He knows that God will give him the courage he needs regardless of the outcome. He only desires that Christ will be exalted in his body whether that is through life or death.(Letting go of control) It is ok with Paul if he stays on earth or goes to heaven. Either way he is with the Lord.

How do we view ‘our circumstances’? 1.  Do we fear what may happen next? Fear of the unknown… those things that are beyond our control.  When we have had bad life experiences, those bad experiences can cause us to become skeptical fearing everything.

Do we look at our circumstances from a victim perspective? If we view our circumstances as being; “something that has happened to me”, then my view will be one of ‘I can’t do anything about the situation I am in’! We will just lay down and take what comes to us without doing anything at all. We can also have an opposite view/attitude that God will just intervene at some point and take care of our problems for us.

One of the most difficult spiritual lessons to learn is that in our own strength ‘we can’t do it’, but that Christ “can/will do it through us”. Paul knew that without God's strength the trials of life would be too difficult for him. But Paul learned to lean not on his own strength but on the strength provided to him through Christ. He chose to focus on the blessing rather than the burden. His desire was to rejoice in the promise rather than to despair over the problem. Let’s learn this priceless lesson.

Love and Blessings


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