These are challenging times. We’ve seen economies crumble, health concerns rise, geopolitical strife, and rampant injustices taking place all across the globe.
The world feels like it’s permanently caught up in unrelenting chaos, and it’s affecting a lot of us. It seems like more and more people are losing their sense of hope and feeling disconnected from the world around them.
In such testing times, many are finding themselves struggling to hold onto a sense of normalcy. But in times like these, we need to embrace our faith and lean into God to find comfort, strength, and hope.
Below, I’m sharing my advice for ways you can find comfort in our Heavenly Father and His Word during these troubled times.
1. Disconnect from the Internet
Constantly checking social media and news sites can be detrimental to your mental health. The more you become sucked into the negative reports, the more anxious it will make you feel.
Take a break and disconnect from the world for a bit. Spend some time in reflection and prayer, or just find an activity that helps to distract your mind away from all the negativity.
You can crochet, read a book, watch movies, go for a walk, or discover a new hobby. Do something positive with your time. Anything is better than “doomscrolling.”
2. Read the Scriptures
Reading the scriptures is an excellent way to find reassurance of God’s unchanging purpose in our lives. The Bible can provide you with helpful insights, guidance, and spiritual nourishment.
I know that for myself, I’m guaranteed to feel a sense of calm after reading the Bible. God’s Word is so powerful! Even when I don’t have a lot of time to read, just ten minutes makes a world of difference.
If you’re feeling anxious or fearful, turn to passages that speak to hope, trust, and love. Meditate on these words, and allow yourself to feel the serenity they bring to your heart.
3. Express Your Gratitude for All That God Has Provided
In times of turmoil, it’s easy to lose hope and forget about all we have to be grateful for. However, these moments are the best time to express gratitude for all that God has provided.
Taking some time out of each day to thank God for the blessings in your life glorifies the Father, brings you closer to Him, and puts you in a state of contentment.
No matter how small it may seem, recognize all that has been given to you, and be grateful.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24
4. Listen to Uplifting Music
If you find yourself feeling down or disconnected, listening to uplifting music is a great way to raise your spirit.
Songs of worship and praise can be incredibly powerful in lifting our moods and reminding us of our faith.
Choose music that speaks to you and brings you closer to God. Music is a powerful tool to connect with people and bring you closer to God.
5. Fellowship with Believers
No matter where we are in our spiritual journey, fellowship provides us with a source of strength.
Being around others who share our beliefs allows us to learn and mature in our faith. It nourishes our souls and reminds us why we hold our convictions.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. – Acts 2:42
When we face a callous world, doubt can creep in and shake our foundations. That’s why we need to take time to bond with our fellow believers and rekindle our trust in God’s power
It’s essential to remember that you are not alone in your beliefs or your despair. As Christians, we’re all in this together, and our faith-based communities can be a source of remarkable support.
Reach out to your local church and enquire about meetups (in person or online), prayer gatherings, or Christian retreats. It’s an opportunity to connect with others and derive strength from our shared experiences and faith
6. Practice Mindfulness
Don’t spend so much time thinking about the future, and instead focus on the present. Practicing mindfulness can help you combat feelings of anxiety and stress.
Engaging in activities like prayer, journaling, and meditating on scripture can be effective in combating the negative and uncomfortable feelings you’re experiencing.
Meditating on God’s Word is an incredibly helpful practice through which you can cultivate peace and Put On The Armor of God (see The Warrior’s Prayer below).
7. Attend Bible Study
If you’re troubled by the difficult situations surrounding us, consider studying the Bible with other people. Studying the Bible will help you find guidance and strength through biblical verses and stories.
It is an ideal time to reflect and connect with other believers who share their knowledge and experiences of God.
Through Bible study, you will discover new ways of coping with hardships that you might have missed out on by yourself.
Final Words Finding Comfort in God During Difficult Times
It’s comforting to know that we don’t have to go through this difficult season alone. As believers, we have God on our side!
There are many ways to find solace in our faith if we lean into it. Listening to uplifting music, staying connected with your faith-based community, and studying the Bible are just a few ways to find solace.
As we move forward, let’s not forget to take a moment each day to connect with our Heavenly Father, be grateful for the positives, and be hopeful for the times to come. Remember, we can overcome all obstacles with God’s help.