Why Should we Trust God in Difficult Times?

By David •  Updated: 03/12/21 •  11 min read

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7(NIV)

It’s hard to trust God in difficult times. As a matter of fact, many people find it easy to trust others or themselves than God in such times.

Why is that? Trusting God at times means allowing Him to take you through a painful process.

Something most of us don’t want to experience. We want quick and easy stuff that’ll make us comfortable.

So we go out there and try to do things our way. We look for quick solutions instead of trusting the process that God is taking us through.

At times we end up doing things that are against God’s will for our lives or His commandments. And in the end, find ourselves at Jesus’ feet, crying and repenting out of regret.

See, God’s ways seem difficult.  And His process can take longer than we want, but we need to trust Him through it all.

Here is why:

God Knows Better.

Worrying about your problem will not take it away. Instead, the more you worry about it, the bigger your situation will get.

The harder you try to solve it on your own, the more you get stressed. We need to trust God in difficult times because He knows better.

There is nothing too complicated for God to do. But He is allowing you to go through this difficulty because He knows better.

It could be that God is shaping your character. Maybe He is preventing you from making a mistake. Or protecting you from impending danger.

When the Moabites. Ammonites and some Meuntes came to attack Israel, King Johesaphat went before God in prayer.

He asked God to protect them from their enemies. God gave the Israelites a very simple battle strategy, which was praising Him.

Imagine for a second that someone is there to kill, and all God tells you is ‘praise me.’ But what happened in the end? Israel won.

Don’t be angry with God; instead, lean on Him and trust him through it all. Someday you’ll thank Him for taking you through the difficult process instead of out of it.

There is nothing too hard for Him.

Our God is more than able. There’s nothing too small or big for Him to handle. One word from God and your situation will turn around.

See, God does not need the whole day or month to figure out how to help you solve a certain problem.

You only need to trust and walk with Him through the process He is taking you in this difficult time.

For it is only in doing so that you can enjoy the blessings God has for you.

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God is Worthy of our Trust.

If God gave up His own Son, what can’t He do for us?

See, it wasn’t easy for God to watch as His son was despised and humiliated.

It wasn’t easy for Him to turn away from His Son when He cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” Matthew 27:46. But He did anyway. Why? It is because of the love He has for us.

That God is not answering your prayer right now or the way you want does not mean that He has rejected you.

Trust God in difficult times because, in the end, He will blow your mind with the great things He has in store for you.

God knows what He is doing.

Though Joseph believed in God and was diligent in all that he did, things kept getting difficult.

If the dreams Joseph had were anything to go by, He wasn’t having God’s best for His life.

In fact, he was experiencing the complete opposite of what God had revealed to Him. (Genesis 37)

And maybe that is what is happening in your life right now. God has promised you great and marvelous things.

Perhaps He has shown you these things in dreams or visions. But your life is going from bad to worse.

As you continue to read Joseph’s story, you find that all things, good or bad, we’re working towards the plans God had for his life.

His brothers thought they were getting rid of him by selling Him to the Ishmaelites.

Not knowing they were sending Him to the place God needed Joseph to be, Egypt.

Stop complaining or trying to do things your way. Like Joseph, continue to remain faithful to God.

Trust Him through the process because He knows what He’s doing in your life.

God is faithful to His Word.

What has God promised you?

Is there a Bible promise that he has personally given to you? Is there a particular promise in the Bible that speaks to your situation?

Even if your life circumstances don’t look like anything God has promised you, he’ll come through for you. God is faithful to His word.

See, there is nowhere in the Bible where God went against His word. Abraham and David waited for a long time for God’s promises to be fulfilled in their lives.

And God fulfilled his promises to them. As long as you trusting in him, God will fulfill what He has promised in your life. God will never fail His children.

He will never leave nor forsake you.

You should trust God in challenging times because He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

People, even those you least expect, can fail and abandon you in your difficult times. But not God. He promises to be there for us in our good and bad times.

Yes, it is hard but just trust in Him no matter how you feel because feelings can be very deceptive.

God knows all your needs and how to meet them.

God knew us before we were formed in our mothers’ wombs. He also says that He knows the beginning from the end. But what does this mean?

It means that God knew everything that will happen in our lives even before we are born. He already knew that at this time this year, you will be going through whatever difficulty you’re going through.

Not just that, but God also came up with solutions to your problems. That is why you need to trust in Him. He already knows how to solve your problems.

But here is the thing, just because God knows the solution to your problem doesn’t mean He’ll solve them automatically. He needs your cooperation.

See, we are in partnership with God, and as such, we need to trust in Him. And believe that whatever He has promised us will come to fruition.

God sees the Big Picture.

We do not know everything, but our heavenly Father does. He knows how the challenge you’re facing right now will turn out and when things will change. He also knows why you need to go through this process.

Going back to the story of Joseph, we see that God already saw the big picture. And even showed it to Joseph in a dream when he was still in his father’s house.

Joseph’s brothers needed to sell him to the Ishmaelites for them to take Joseph to Egypt. It was by him going to Egypt before his family that he was able to rescue the Egyptians. And his family from the famine.

So you see, your difficulty is not just about you. It is going to serve a greater purpose. In spite of your difficulty, God is going to break some generational curses in your family.

It is through you that God is going to help people who are going through the same difficulty. It’s also through these difficult times that God is building you into a powerful vessel for the kingdom. But you need to trust in him and not your own understanding.

 God loves You.

If you have no other reason to trust God in difficult times. Or if you’re having a hard time understanding why you should trust in God, just focus on this one.

Focusing on God’s love during your difficult time is going to give you the strength to endure to the end. Your father loves you. You are the apple of his eye.

He will never lead you wrong or allow you to go through more than you can handle. When things get so hard and you just want to quit, hold onto his unconditional love.

Know that he is not a cruel God but a loving Father that is fighting your battles.

It may not feel like it. Things may not seem that way in the physical. But it doesn’t change the fact that God loves you, and He has your best interests at heart.

God causes everything to work out together for our Good.

We need to come to a point where we understand God and trust him. Like Job, we need to declare boldly that though he slays me yet, I shall trust him.

Trusting God in your difficult time is essential. It shows that you understand that God is not behind your troubles but the enemy.

Or even you, for at times we open up doors for bad things to happen in your life. We also need to trust God in our difficult times because he causes everything to work out for our good.

If you made a mistake and now you’re suffering because of it, don’t feel condemned. Know that you are forgiven by God.

He doesn’t remember our sins anymore as long as we confess and repent. If the enemy is busy attacking, you know that God will fight for you.

Jesus already defeated the devil and his minions at the cross, so the devil has nothing on you. Whichever the case, God will use your difficult time to work out things for your own good.

Also Related: How to Build Your Faith and Trust in God.

 God has great plans for us.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God says that he has good plans for us, not evil plans.

By trusting God in our difficult times, you’re actually acknowledging that this verse is true. And as such, God’s word is true.

Difficult times will be there, but it does not mean that it is God who plans them.

Our father is not evil. We live in a fallen world, which means you will go through some horrible times. But since God has great plans for us, we shall overcome these difficult times. And be able to walk in His great plans for our lives.

God is always on time.

God’s timing and ours are not the same. We want things to work out for our own good immediately, but that is not God’s way of doing things.

God is more interested in the condition of our hearts than the blessings He wants to pour into our lives.

It seemed like the timing was right when Joseph interpreted dreams for the cupbearer and the chief Butler.

Finally, someone would go and defend him before Pharaoh. But that was not the case the cupbearer forgot (Genesis 40:23), and it was not God’s time.

If the cupbearer had told Pharaoh about Joseph, the plans of God would have been interfered with. And chances are Joseph would not have been given the position of prime minister.

In conclusion:

God is always on time, even if His time may not be to our liking. And when He shows up, not only does He remove us from the pit, he blesses us beyond measure, just like what He did with Joseph.

Difficult times can cause you to end up being very discouraged. Some people have even abandoned the faith because they refused to wait on the Lord and trust His process. But you don’t have to be like them.

Trust God in difficult times because He has your best interest at heart. He loves you so much, and He will never allow you to deal with things you cannot handle.

God has great plans for you, and he’s always on time. But it is only in trusting him that he will meet your needs and cause everything, whether good or bad, to work out for your own good.


Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.

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