It’s easy to become discouraged during difficult times. Jobs that were once considered stable are now questionable. 1. The psalmist cries in verses 1-2, "Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O LORD. He uses hard times to put our faith to the test. If you look at today’s economic situation, you see many people without jobs, people losing their homes to foreclosure, and a sense of fear and insecurity about the future. There is much fear and concern not only about the future, there is fear of the here and now. Keywords: Joy, hardship, trust, faith, encouragement, endurance Sermon. This passage shows us three things we need to remember if we are going to pass the test with flying colors. How can we be thankful during difficult times? A student learns from hard times. We live in difficult times today. Life can go on smoothly for a while and then all of sudden Bang!– things go wrong – not just one thing, but several things at once. In difficult times, don’t just survive – thrive! Hope in hard times, expects God to actively listen to our personal concerns. Remember God’s Love “Don’t be deceived, my beloved brothers” (v. 16). Even when God seems 1,000 miles away and uninterested in our affairs, He is with us step-by-step during difficult times. Everything else WILL fall away at one time or another. Difficult Times Psalm 27:1-6 . Companies closing their doors and moving production to other areas or even foreign countries! Charles Stanley Radio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today on Radio Listen to today's radio message from Dr. Charles Stanley. Here are some tips to help you keep the momentum when you encounter difficult times in life, some I share through personal experiences, … In his book, The Millennium Matrix (Jossey-Bass, 2004), futurist Rex Miller suggests that most of us – individuals, families, churches and businesses – are moving into the turbulent and chaotic waters of the North Atlantic. 2 Lord, hear my voice: let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications." Follow along online with Bible verses from the message, a place to see Dr. Stanley's sermon notes, and room to take your own! A wonderful illustration of this unseen presence is described in ( … When hard times come, it’s easy to blame God for our problems. January 20, 2015. Listen. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our strength and our refuge - our place of security and safety. Thus — it is evident that suffering is universal, but enduring and thriving during these times is another challenge. 1 – Trusting God When You’re Alone in the Gap (4.18.10) 2 – Trusting God When the Brook Dries Up (5.9.10) 3 – Trusting God When the Food Runs Out (5.16.10) 4 – Trusting God in the Valley of Death’s Shadow (5.23.10) A victim looks at everyone else and cries out, “Life isn’t fair.” A student looks at life and says, “What happened to me could have happened to anyone.” A victim believes his hard times have come because God is trying to punish him. Dear congregation, Have you ever noticed that sometimes trouble comes in batches? The Bible teaches us that we can trust in God. Purpose: To encourage Christians when they face hard times by giving them truths that sustain. When life is hard, when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, where do we turn? Sermons: TRUSTING GOD IN DIFFICULT TIMES. But, we’re doing so in vessels designed for the balmy Caribbean.