4 Ways to Endure Life's Difficult Seasons
Difficult seasons of life come to all of us. Learn how to survive through painful, trying seasons and endure until a new season comes.
- Delight in God
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
Just get happy in Jesus! The joy of the Lord is your strength.
If we want to bear good fruit in our life regardless of what climate we’re in, we must remain faithful to God. In difficult seasons or seasons of waiting, we’re often tempted to take matters into our own hands and stray from the teachings of Jesus. In those trying and often confusing times, however, if we cling by faith to the Word of God and stand, trusting him in all things, we will see certain victory. The Lord is faithful and he will not fail us.
Instead of wringing our hands and asking, “How long, God,” why not delight ourselves in the Lord? If we meditate on God’s Word, talk to Jesus, and fill our heart with ‘whatsoever things are true, pure, and praiseworthy,’ as Philippians suggest, we’ll find ourselves enveloped in God’s transcending peace.
- Learn Contentment’s Secret
There is a secret to endurance – Contentment. Not Apathy, but a sincere “soul-rest.”
What’s your attitude about the season you’re in? Sometimes our seasons of trial don’t change until our attitude does. (You wish I didn’t say that, right!?)
Bible teacher and author, Charles Swindoll says, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it … And so it is with you; we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Our attitude makes all the difference. In fact, we can determine the course of our life based on how we navigate our attitudes. When our focus is positive and God-centered, trusting and praising him, while refusing the spirit of despair, we will overcome.
Instead of discontentment, equip yourself with a mind-set prepared to live each season to the fullest. Extract every lesson, truth, and bit of wisdom possible from the season you are in. God won’t waste anything. He’ll use it in your life to shape and mold you.
- Endure with Joy
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. Romans 12:1
In demanding and stressful seasons, don’t give up. We must press on and endure as soldiers of Jesus Christ. I’ve decided to be a laughing soldier. I’m not going down without a laugh!
Endurance is the ability to keep pressing on, without growing weary.
It’s stamina, forbearance, courage, fortitude, durability, and ability to stand.
But Biblical endurance is more than just being the last man to stand. Derived from the Greek word “Hupomone” which means cheerful endurance, or hopeful waiting, Biblical Endurance speaks to our disposition in waiting as much as it does to the ability to wait. It’s more than just making it across the finish line, it’s the outlook we maintain while we run the race. In other words, we have to endure with joy, to claim victory in tough seasons.
In “The Choice” by Max Lucado, he says, “I choose joy … I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical … the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.”
- Live in Eager Expectation
I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage… Philippians 1:18b-22 NIV
Paul basically said, “I live in eager expectation and hope.”
Eager expectation is a powerful attitude that believes that God not only can change our circumstances, but he will. It’s a mind-set filled with compelling confidence, trust, expectation, optimism, and assurance in Christ. Confident expectation won’t allow us to give up our dream, or turn loose of our hope, but instead calls us to a deeper level of faith.
If we endeavor to cultivate these powerful mind-sets in each season of life, I believe we will discover that we’ve not only “somehow” made it through tough times, but we have “victoriously” made it through our season of trial, and we are stronger for it.
Whatever you are facing today, remember your promise of beauty. God is working on your behalf and he will not fail you!