When we’re going through something difficult, we just want someone to look us in the eye and assure us, “It will be okay.” I don’t know what you’re facing now or what’s right around the corner, but I’d love to be that friend for you today. Straight out of God’s Word, here are ten ways you can know it’s going to be okay.
1. God is always, always, always good.
You are good and do good; teach me your statutes (Ps. 119:68).
The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made (Ps. 145:9).
Even when our circumstances feel really, really bad, we can have hope in our good God.
God is good through and through. He is not floating on a cloud with a lightning bolt pulled back, ready to fire. Even when our circumstances feel really, really bad, we can have hope in our good God.
2. God loves you.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jer. 31:3).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Tough times are easier to face if you know someone is in your corner. God loves you deeply. That may not always feel like it’s true. Because of that, I force myself to say this sentence often:
I will measure your love by the cross, and your power by the resurrection.
The cross stands through the ages like a giant love note from Jesus.
3. God is fighting for you.
“They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the LORD, to deliver you” (Jer. 1:19).
If you’re staring down an enemy and wondering how you can possibly triumph, take heart. The same God who helped David slay a nine-foot giant with one smooth stone fights for you. The same God who helped Joshua tear down a city with a trumpet blow fights for you.
Do you know that Chris Tomlin song “Whom Shall I Fear”? It’s ripped straight out of Scripture. Check out 2 Kings 6:15–18 to read how the God of Angel Armies truly does fight for His people!
Why not crank up that song to remind yourself that God is fighting for you?
4. God won’t waste this moment.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).
Whatever you’re going through right now, God already has a plan to use it for your good. I’ve heard it said this way: Today’s test is tomorrow’s testimony; your mess will be your message. Trust that there is hope beyond today’s trouble.
5. He will never leave your side.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deut. 31:6).
“I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).
God will not jump ship when the going gets tough. Just like He joined Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, He will stick with you when the going gets tough.
6. Today’s troubles are temporary.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:17).
This life is just a blip compared to eternity. It won’t always be this way. Speaking of eternity . . .
7. Heaven is for real.
We can have hope because we are going somewhere better than this sin-filled world.
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come (Heb. 13:14).
What’s it going to be like when we get there? Keep reading.
8. Your tears will dry up.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Rev. 21:4).
A day is coming when all crying will stop.
Maybe you’ve cried buckets today, but a day is coming when all crying will stop.
9. You’re on your way to perfect.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4).
James reminds us that we can respond to trials with joy, because the pressure of suffering produces diamonds in us. One of the ways God works all things for our good (see point 4) is by using the tough stuff to make us more like Him.
10. A white horse is riding to your rescue.
Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer (Rev. 6:1–2).
If you’re longing for a rescuer, look no further than Jesus.
If you’re longing for a rescuer, look no further than Jesus. The day is coming when He will ride in on a white horse and defeat every enemy that rises up against us. If you need a hero in this moment, know that He’s already on His way.