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3 Truths to Remember When Life is Hard

By: Guest Blogger

Life often feels like a long string of waiting.

Waiting for change. Waiting for a breakthrough. For healing. A boyfriend or husband. Waiting for God to be faithful and trying to believe He still is. Waiting for the day when pain doesn’t greet you first thing in the morning and stay with until you go to sleep. Waiting out the ache of a broken heart, hoping that “one day it has to heal, right?”

I’m in a season of waiting right now.

I’m waiting for God to answer prayers I’ve prayed for years. Trying to fully live my single years, instead of looking at my very single status with despair.

This waiting can be overwhelming and discouraging. It can be hard to look at our prayer list and see that it’s longer than our praise list. We want the breakthrough. The change, the healing, the husband, and the pretty bow at the end of the story.

It’s hard to not have that. To instead have a bunch of prayers, tears, and questions of “why, God?” It’s so easy to question God in that moment, to doubt His goodness, and wonder at His promises. Are they true or aren’t they? If they are, why is (blank) happening? Why won’t He fix it?

I don’t have all the answers. But I do want to encourage you, if you’re in a season of waiting, to remember…

1. God Does Not Lie

It’s hard to believe God’s promises are actually true when they’re the last thing we see in the moment.

God, Your Word promises healing . . . where is it?

God, Your Word promises protection . . . why didn’t You protect us?

God, Your Word promises good things for Your children . . . why does everything in my life seem bad?

I can’t tell you why things don’t always turn out the way we think they should, except that God’s ways are higher than ours. His promises are deeper and more multi-faceted than “problem + promise = immediate solution.”

But I can tell you that God does not lie to His children. He doesn’t string us along with a bunch of promises He has no intention of fulfilling or give us false hope. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

The answer is yes.

He will make it good.

I don’t know when, or how, or if it’ll look the way we think it should, but if He said it, He will do it.

The enemy’s first tactic is to get us to doubt the validity of God’s words. Think of what Satan asked Eve. “Has God indeed said . . . ?” (Genesis 3:1)

The enemy always lies to us. And because he’s a liar, he tries to make us believe God is too.

But God does not lie to His children. “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

2. Not a Word of What He Says Will Fail

Not only does God not lie, but He sticks to His promises like glue.

One of my favorite verses is Joshua 21:45 which says, “Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

If you think about the context of the story of the Israelites, that’s some statement. Most of these promises would have been made while they were still slaves in Egypt, or during the forty years wandering around the desert. They didn’t just have to wait a few days or weeks or even months. They waited over forty years for this statement to be true that “not a word failed.”

I haven’t waited for forty years. I haven’t even been alive for forty years. But I still find myself doubting “all will come to pass.” But then, is my faith in the outcome? Or is my faith in the God who controls the outcome?

I don’t know if God has promised a husband or healing in this life. I can’t point to this verse and declare that God has promised me a wonderful marriage, adorable kids, a picture-perfect house, and a six-figure income. It doesn’t work that way because not one of those things has been promised to me in His Word.

But I can point to this verse and declare that God has promised to never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5, 6). He has promised me peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). He has promised to strengthen me as I wait upon Him (Isaiah 40:28-31). He has promised salvation for all who call upon His name (Romans 10:8-13). He has promised that nothing on earth will ever be able to separate me from His unfailing love (Romans 8:38, 39).

I can be sure these promises are true. Because not a word will fail of any good thing which He has said. And I don’t know about you, but to me, these promises are infinitely more precious than the promise of a husband, career, or even a life without struggles. I would rather have Jesus always beside me.

3. God is I AM, His Promises are I Will

Several months ago, while praying, I felt a strange nudge in my heart to read Jeremiah 31. I knew I’d probably read it before, but I’d long forgotten what it was about. I read it through once. Nothing popped out. Okay, God, that was a strange, random thing for me to read, I thought.

That same nudge. Read it again.

I read it again. Nothing. Read it again.

I read it through once more. This time, I noticed something. A truth so powerful it took my breath away.

Everything in this chapter is about what God is promising to do for Israel. He’s saying He’ll save a remnant, even though they’d gone through lots of hard stuff and been unfaithful to Him. Everything is about what God will do. It’s all future tense.

Except for two things: “I have loved you” (Jeremiah 31:3) and “I am a Father” (Jeremiah 31:9).

God is I AM. His promises are I will.

Throughout the Bible, God repeatedly says He is, “I AM.” (Exodus 3:14) He says “I am with you” and “I am your God” and “I am the LORD.” He’s reminding us of His character.

Jesus Himself said He was “I AM.” (John 8:58) He also said, “I am the bread of life . . .” (John 6:35), “I am the light of the world . . .” (John 8:12), and “I am the good shepherd . . .” (John 10:11).

These are the things that God is. He is good, His love is strong, He is light and there is no darkness in Him. (1 John 1:5) Because He is I AM we can trust Him.

It comes down to this question: do we trust the I AM character of God enough to believe His I willpromises—even when we don’t see them?

I know it’s not easy. Trust is hard. But, oh, the One we trust is good.

Sweet sister, if you’re battling lies that God is not good or His promises not true . . . if you’re worn down and weary with the waiting . . . if you’re desperate for a glimpse of hope . . . look up. Lift your head and focus not on the obstacles, or the desperate situation, or even the cure you crave. Focus on Jesus.

In Isaiah 55:11, God tells us, “So shall my word be that goes forth from My mouth: It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

That’s our hope.

Look to Jesus. He will fulfill His Word.

And He is good.

I’d love to hear from you!

-Do you feel like you’re in a season of waiting right now?

-Which point is most encouraging?

-Which promise can you pull out and cling to today?

Bio: Sara Barratt is a 19-year-old writer, avid reader, chocolate lover, and lead editor for TheRebelution. Her first book, Love Riot: A Teenage Call to Live with Relentless Abandon for Christreleases May 2020 from Baker Books. Connect with her on FacebookInstagram, and her website


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18 Responses to 3 Truths to Remember When Life is Hard

  1. Caroline Oliveira says:

    This post come in the right time ❤

  2. Debbie says:

    Just the right word for the season of my life. To focus on who God is and the truth of His word.His promises never fail.

  3. Melli says:

    That was totally what I needed to hear. His promises are true and I can trust the One who controls the outcome! Thank you!

  4. hannah says:

    Thanks for this post I needed it.

  5. Sarah says:

    Wow!! Thanks for this. This was powerful.

  6. Kanga Roo says:

    I know for me, I’m in a real waiting season! Trusting that God is working right now, when I can’t see it, is so hard. I want to know the plans that He has in store for me, I want to know in what direction I should be going. But I can’t know, and it isn’t good for me to know. It’s good for me to trust, and walk by faith.

    • Sara Barratt says:

      Amen! That’s so true. But yes, it is hard. Really hard sometimes. I’m just thankful God knows the plan, even if we don’t. Thank you so much for sharing! God bless!

  7. omotundesther✨ says:

    The waiting season isn’t easy but God remains faithful.

  8. Rmzro says:

    “God is I AM, His Promises are I Will” my encouragement for this season.

  9. Sara Barratt says:

    You’re so welcome, Tori! I’m so thankful it blessed you! I hear ya on that though! Praise God for always being faithful, though!

  10. Beth says:

    Thank you for this. I literally just got back from a doctor’s appointment where I learned I have more co-infections along with the original Lyme, on top of the original autoimmune disease and other complications. I’m having to take a year off of college right before senior year, and I feel sick and in pain a lot of the time, in addition to mental health issues that come from brain inflammation. From where I’m standing I can’t see resolution, and I’m having to deal with life literally one day at a time. I’m learning how to ask for help instead of trying to be tough, to get over shaming myself for my weakness–because for the first time there are moments when I physically and mentally cannot do things. I never really expected healing, but I am learning to let go of my timing and plans, and my idea of image and ego. God’s teaching me through this minute-by-minute waiting on His help, to trust my worth more and more to Him–instead of to what I can do: what grades I’m earning, how efficient I am at work, how well/often I can workout, or how my body looks. All these things are in limbo, and entirely out of my control during this waiting. There’s a sense of relief, though, despite the discomfort and isolation; but constantly reaching out to God is really the only way to maintain the sense of peace. I have felt God keeping His promises. His presence is near, and His love is almost tangible many, many times. You’re right; He may not remove the trial, but He is right beside me in it. Always.

    • Sara Barratt says:

      Hi, Beth! Thank you so much for reading and sharing! I am so sorry about all you’ve been struggling with. That sounds so very hard. *hugs* I just stopped to pray for you! Yes, God is good and faithful to help us. Praise God for how He’s carrying you through. I know He will continue to. ❤ God bless you!

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