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Encouragement To Hold Onto God During Difficult Times

By December 6, 2009June 26th, 2011Devotional, Encouragement, Faith, God

Do not be a terror to me; you are my refuge in the day of disaster. Jeremiah 17:17 NIV

The life of a believer is not always rosy. I’m quite sorry if you are new to the faith and that surprises or disappoints you. Sometimes the outside world assumes that because we claim to know God personally that we have somehow risen above the stresses of life. That is far from the truth.

No, the Christian life is filled with strife. At times life is glorious, and at those times we can easily see the hand of our God at work in our lives. Other times, however, life gets to be a bitter battle just to stay afloat. We drift along, sometimes barely holding on to the hand of our Creator.

But we do hold on…and, praise His name, even more than that, He holds on to us. He has never let one of His children go; not one of them has ever been forsaken. We hold on to the promises that His love never fails; that He will never let us be put to shame; that His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.

We trust; we lean; we grab tight as we walk through the valleys, longing and hoping for the day of victory; for another trip to the mountain top; in which we have full confidence will one day come. We can stand tall through the painful toils, because our Redeemer lives and He is our refuge through every storm of life.

Have you been barely holding on lately? Remember, He has a firm grip on you…and His grip is much tighter than yours will ever be! If I can pray for you, please let me know.

For more encouraging thoughts, click HERE or visit my devotional site HERE.

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  • JC says:

    My mortgage is behind, my si5lost her job and we have mo money to pay the mortgage. I need prayer for that and my health.

  • J.K. says:

    Thanks for prayer for no fear. For my face to look pleasing and pretty. For a Godly and Christ like husband to find me. Thank you so much for your prayers.

    • Annette Nyaga says:

      Please pray for me to get a financial miracle. I have struggled with debts for quite some time now and I feel overwhelmed. Please pray that God would provide me with the finances to pay off the debts and take care of my bills

  • J.K. says:

    God’s Richest Blessing, Ron. I just came upon your site and found it so what I needed to read, especially about what to do and not do in a crisis. Please pray for a friend with stage 4 cancer. And for me to have a traumatic brain injury, anxiety and my left eye was botched by a plastic surgeon…that my face would look pleasing again as an ambassador for Christ. Thank you for All you do! prayed for you too.

  • Georgie says:

    Thank you and please pray for my mind and body. God bless you!

  • Ronnie Perez says:

    I’m a young guy battling temptation and trying to be a light for Jesus in my family. Please keep me in your prayers!

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  • Dennis O'sullivan says:

    Yes we need to keep on holding on , to all the promisess of God , for no matter what we suffer a eternity in heaven is worth all we go through and we never go through it alone
    Dennis O'sullivan

  • Kimberlee Lockhart says:

    This post is so timely for me, and I’m sure for many others. It seems like all of us are going through some kind of trouble. I am in desperate need of secure (or any kind of) employment. Please God, help us all!

  • Raymond says:

    Am going throw a rough time, Ive applying for a job for so long and it seems like God is not interested in me. The people that i apply with, get the called and they dont even christians, but i always get regrets. Please guys pray with me, i desparately need i breakthrough.

  • michael floyd says:

    I just bought a glass company last month, and It was threw reading Gods Word that I found the answer to "should I sign the deed or not" God led me Jerm.32. And I signed the deed. I did take on a mountain of debt and over the period of almost two months, and 100's of calls from debt collectors. I have grown tired and unsure of myself and my abilities to bring company back to a state of any rate I drove down to a shady spot under a tree to pray(overwhelmed today) and the song came on k love about hold on to him who's holding on to you..this is playing the same time as I read your post, and has bought me much encouragement in a time of great need! Thank you and I would be grateful for ur prayers along with anyone else who reads this post…I believe I can do all things threw the greater one who lives in me…its just that I have become so busy and caught up in this whirlwind
    of demands and stresses, as I am new to business. Thank you and God Bless

  • Pamala says:

    WOW!~ you're absolutely right!~ This post seemed like it was just for me. :O) I cherished EVERY WORD! I'm like Ben (above) the last two years have been extremely difficult. The previous years I walked on the mountain top with Him so much. But, these last two years have been the testing of my life. I can say though, that "it was good for me that I was afflicted." My faith is stronger and my love for Him greater. I believe my testing time is coming to an end (though the pain is deeper than ever…) And these words were such a source of hope to me. Thank you deeply for being used of God!~

  • Ben says:

    Prayers for "a touch". Been a horrific two years for us, but we're still alive in the peace that we're still His. Peace, purpose and provision.

  • Ashley says:

    I need this . Thank you. I'm holding on as good as I can.. Taking it one day at a time. One situation at a time. I know I have come a long and still have a long way to go.

  • Viony says:

    I just can’t stop my tears reading your encouraging post. I’ve been needing this coz of difficult times I’m going through and God seemed silent to me. Please pray for me. I wanna keep holding on to God coz He’s never giving up on me. Thank you so much for your post! God bless you

  • Isela says:

    Praise Him in the times of glory and Praise Him in the times of trouble. Thank you for your words of encouragement and the reminder that The Lord will hold on to us when our grip loosens a bit. Amen to God's loving and caring people as yourself. I will hold on!

  • I loved your ending line. It is so comforting to think that when I lack the power to hold on to God He is still able to hold me.

    Lately I have been feeling powerless to grasp onto Him. I have felt swept here and there by the circumstances of my life. I am now realizing just how important it is for me to re-anchor myself in Him — His word, His presence and His people. I have pulled back from the people in the church I attend and this had caused me to feel isolated and neglected. I need the community support that God has provided in His church so that when I’m feeling weak others can help to hold up my arms.

    Thank you for reposting this!