Terrible situations are circumstances of life that sometimes look as if the worst has happened or there is no more hope of turning things around. But in those situations, God always shows himself stronger as the Alfa and Omega, the creator and controller of the universe.
These hopeless situations are inevitably part of life at certain stages of the growth and development of a person. They can come in various forms – spiritual dryness and confusion, mental stress, financial struggles, marital problems, children and parenting problems, bad economy, hardships of some sort, health issues, relationship problems, losses which may be financial losses, career losses, marital losses or the loss of a loved one.
In these moments, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed, confused, and even hopeless. However, as a person of faith, I firmly believe that God is mindful of us, and he knows whatever we are passing through. As the Psalmist beautifully puts it, “The Lord remembers us and will bless us… He will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike” (Psalm 115:12-13).
God’s Promises to Deliver Us from Terrible Situations
In the midst of terrible situations, it’s crucial to hold onto God’s promises. One of the most comforting verses in the Bible is Isaiah 43:2, where God assures us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” These words remind us that God is not only aware of our struggles but also promises to deliver us from them.
His promise is that he will not allow the bad situation to overcome those who trust in him and make him their God.
Trusting in God’s Plan
As believers, we are called to trust in God even when circumstances seem dire. Romans 8:28 reassures us, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This verse reminds us that even in the midst of terrible situations, God has a greater purpose and plan for our lives. He will not allow bad circumstances to overcome those who trust in Him.
“No matter the challenges or terrible situations we face today, God is still mindful of us and is already aware of his plans to deliver us and make things work out for our good.”
The Power of Trust and Faith in God
Trusting and having faith in God is not always easy, but it is essential for finding peace and hope in the midst of trials. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This verse serves as a powerful reminder that God’s thoughts for us are good and not of evil. When we trust in His goodness and faithfulness, we can find solace and strength in knowing that He is working all things for our good.
Surrendering Control and Allowing God to Work
One of the most challenging aspects of trusting God in terrible situations is surrendering control. We often want to take matters into our own hands and find solutions on our own. However, true peace can only be found when we surrender our fears, worries, and desires to God. By relinquishing control and allowing God to work, we open ourselves up to His transformative power. As we let go of our own plans and trust in His, we can experience a deeper sense of peace and hope.
Proverbs:3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”Proverbs:3:5-6
Finding Peace and Hope in the Midst of Trials
In the midst of terrible situations, it can be difficult to find peace and hope. However, through faith and trust in God, we can find solace even in the darkest of times. Psalm 34:17-18 reminds us that “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” When we turn to God in our distress, He draws near to us, offering comfort, strength, and hope.
The Transformative Power of God’s Love and Grace
God’s love and grace have the power to transform even the most dire situations. When we allow His love and grace to penetrate our hearts, we can experience healing, restoration, and growth. In times of suffering, it’s crucial to remember that God is not the author of our pain but rather the source of our healing. By leaning on His love and grace, we can find the strength to persevere and overcome the challenges we face.
Letting Go of Bitterness and Embracing Forgiveness
Terrible situations can often leave us feeling bitter, angry, or resentful. However, holding onto these negative emotions only prolongs our pain and hinders our healing. Instead, we must choose to let go of bitterness and embrace forgiveness. Ephesians 4:31-32 reminds us, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger… Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” By forgiving others and ourselves, we open the door to God’s transformative work in our lives.
How God Uses Difficult Situations for Our Growth and Development
Although it may be difficult to comprehend in the midst of a terrible situation, God often uses these challenging experiences for our growth and development. Just as a tree grows stronger when faced with strong winds, we can become more resilient, compassionate, and empathetic through our trials. James 1:2-4 reminds us, “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.”
Testimonies of Individuals Who Have Experienced God’s Transformation
Throughout history, countless individuals have experienced God’s transformative power in the midst of terrible situations. Their stories serve as a testament to God’s faithfulness and the incredible ways He can turn the worst situations into blessings. From Joseph, who was sold into slavery but eventually became a ruler in Egypt, to the Apostle Paul, who endured numerous hardships but remained steadfast in his faith, these testimonies inspire us to trust in God’s plan and believe that He can turn our trials into triumphs.
Practical Steps to Trust and Allow God in Difficult Situations
Trusting and allowing God in difficult situations requires intentional steps and a surrendered heart. Here are some practical ways to cultivate trust and allow God to work in your life:
- Seek God through prayer and meditation on His Word.
Psalm 105:4 “Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.”
- Surround yourself with a supportive community of believers.
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
- Practice gratitude and focus on God’s faithfulness in the past.
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
- Surrender control and trust in God’s timing and plan.
Psalm 121:1-8 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”
- Embrace vulnerability and share your struggles with others especially those who share your same belief in God. They will comfort you with the words of God and prayer. Some of them may have passed through what you are currently passing through. Psalm 141:5 “Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers”
- Continually remind yourself of God’s promises and faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 8:32 ” He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
- Practice self-care and prioritize your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
- Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and His perfect example of trust and faith.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- Never lose hope and remember that God is always working behind the scenes.
Psalm 62:1-2″Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved”
- Keep working hard, try those things you tried before and find new ways to improve on what you were doing before knowing that God will perfect that which he began in your life. Don’t give up what you are already good at doing. God always uses what we have at hand to open more doors. Psalms 138:8 “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
Conclusion: God is Able to Turn the Worst Situation Into Good for Those Who Trust in Him
In conclusion, terrible situations are a part of life, but as believers, we have the assurance that God is with us in the midst of our trials. He knows our struggles, promises to deliver us, and works all things for our good. By trusting in Him, surrendering control, and allowing His transformative power to work in our lives, we can find peace, hope, and growth even in the most challenging circumstances. As the prophet Isaiah declares, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Place your trust in God and allow Him to turn your terrible situations into stepping stones toward a brighter future.
Psalm 46: 1-11
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the [b]midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be [d]moved;
God shall help her, just [e]at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
To the glory of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
By Obinna Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)