Life doesn’t always go as planned. You may have faced disappointments, lost something important or found yourself in an unexpected crisis. In those difficult moments when everything seems to fall apart, it’s natural to feel defeated and wonder if things will ever get better.
But there is hope and help available if you look to God.
In times of trouble, God promises to be with you and strengthen you. By turning to Him in faith and prayer, you’ll find the courage, wisdom and peace to make it through the storm. With God’s help, your test can become a testimony of His power and faithfulness.
This article will encourage you to trust God in life’s valleys by exploring how He walks with you through difficulties, renews your hope, and uses crisis to refine your faith and character. You’ll be inspired by real-life stories of how God miraculously came through when all seemed lost.
Be uplifted knowing that with God, the best is yet to come.
God is with you in the valley
You are not alone in suffering
When we go through difficult times of suffering, loss or challenges, it can feel very lonely. We may wonder if God has abandoned us or doesn’t care what is happening (Psalm 22:1-2). However, the Bible reassures us that God is always with us, even in our darkest valleys (Psalm 23:4).
As Jesus told his disciples, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). God promises to never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). So even when grief, loss, affliction and trials come, God is right there with us.
God feels your pain and cares
Not only is God with us in our troubles, but the Bible says he is a God who is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). He sees our affliction and suffering, and his heart goes out to us in compassion (Exodus 3:7-8).
Jesus demonstrated this empathy and care for those who suffered, by healing the sick, feeding the hungry and weeping with those who mourned. God feels every tear we cry and keeps them in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). We can pour out our hearts to him and know that he understands (Psalm 62:8).
So we do not suffer alone – God suffers alongside us. As one writer said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.”
Examples of God’s presence in biblical figures’ troubles
There are many examples in Scripture of how God met his people in their troubles. When Hagar was mistreated and ran away, God met her in the desert and promised to care for her and her child (Genesis 16:7-14).
When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, God was with him and worked it for good (Genesis 50:20). In the fiery furnace, God met Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and protected them from harm (Daniel 3:23-28). Over and over we see God meeting, comforting and encouraging his people in hardship.
Jesus told his followers they would have trouble in this world, but followed it with this incredible promise: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
No matter what valley we walk through, God promises to walk with us every step of the way.
God renews your hope
God’s promises for a future and hope
God makes many promises in the Bible about hope and a future for His children. Here are some powerful verses:
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
- “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
These verses remind us that God is a good Father who wants to give us a bright future filled with purpose, joy, and blessing. He has great plans for us that give us meaning. Even when life feels hopeless, we can trust His faithful promises.
How to renew your perspective
When life knocks you down, here are some ways to renew your perspective and regain hope:
- Spend time praising God – Focus on who He is rather than your circumstances. Worship renews hope and joy.
- Read encouraging Bible verses – God’s word imparts faith and renews the mind.
- Pray and confess Scripture – Speak God’s promises over hopeless situations.
- Help someone else – Get your eyes off yourself onto others’ needs.
- Express gratitude – Thank God for blessings and past help. A grateful heart sees hope.
Doing these things realigns our perspective with truth and makes space for renewed hope to arise. We can choose to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Stories of God turning mourning into joy
Throughout history, God has proven faithful to turn tragic situations into testimonies of triumph. Here are some encouraging examples:
- Joseph – After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he later became a ruler in Egypt and saved his family from famine. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
- Ruth – After losing her husband, she stayed loyal to her mother-in-law Naomi. God rewarded her with a new husband, Boaz, and she became an ancestor of Christ. (Book of Ruth)
- Job – After losing everything, Job remained faithful. God blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first part. (Book of Job)
- Lazarus – Jesus raised him from the dead after 4 days in the tomb, transforming the family’s grief into awe-inspiring joy. (John 11)
What a comforting reminder that God specializes in turning despair into hope, ashes into beauty. No matter how bleak things look, keep trusting in God’s power and love to restore joy. For with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37).
God uses crisis to refine you
Trials develop godly virtues
Life’s trials and tribulations can be used by God to transform us into Christ-like vessels of honor (2 Timothy 2:20-21). Difficult seasons equip us to develop godly virtues like patience, endurance, trust and compassion.
James 1:2-4 encourages us to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Rather than complaining, we can view crises as opportunities for spiritual growth.
How to grow through difficulties
When crisis hits, it’s important to remember a few things. First, cling to God’s promises and recognize that He is sovereign over every detail of your life (Romans 8:28). Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom to endure.
Surround yourself with encouraging believers who will lift you up in prayer (Galatians 6:2). Immerse yourself in Scripture and let God’s Word renew your mind (Romans 12:2). Look for ways to serve others going through similar struggles. Ministering to others takes the focus off your own pain.
And most importantly, never stop giving thanks. God promises to work all things for our good, so thank Him in advance for the growth and blessings to come (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Biblical examples of character growth through trials
The Bible provides many examples of saints whose character was refined through suffering. Take Job, who lost everything yet still praised God (Job 1:20-22). Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers but later saved nations from famine (Genesis 50:20).
David’s long wilderness years prepared him to be king. Daniel was thrown in the lions’ den but emerged unharmed, with greater faith. Paul and Silas were imprisoned and beaten for preaching the gospel, but they sang hymns of praise in their jail cell (Acts 16:25).
The apostles rejoiced after being flogged and persecuted for the name of Christ (Acts 5:41). God can use trials to develop beautiful Christlike character in each one of us.
When life falls apart, God can put the pieces back together in an even more beautiful way. Turning to Him as your refuge and strength will lead you through the valley to blessings on the other side. No matter what you face, you can trust God to work all things for your good.
With faith in Christ, the best is yet to come!