How to Have Faith in God When Everything Is Going Wrong

 Anytime you rely on something, you put your faith in it. What is your faith in?

Some people put their faith in their spouse, others in the government, others on a nightly glass of wine. As Christians, we are called to put our faith in God.

Having faith in God is easy when all is going well—when the kids are behaving, the job is going well, and the biggest issue you face for the day is what to have for dinner.

But how do you access that same faith when everything is going wrong?

Remember that, as a human, your sight is limited. Unlike God, you don’t know the end from the beginning. That means that there are things that you’re not seeing, because you don’t have the big picture.

If you are the type who says, I’ll believe it when I see it or, I need to see the big picture before you move forward in faith, then get comfortable. Because you are going to be sitting in whatever spot you currently find yourself in for a very long time.

Getting out of your current situation requires faith in the unseen. Even when you can’t see any positives to be thankful for. Even when it feels like God has forgotten you. Here are five ways to do just that:

  1. Understand God’s timing. In our self-centered thinking, we assume that we know how everything must work out and in what time frame. God is the only one who knows the big picture. In this life timing is everything. That is true for God’s plan as well. Sit tight and His promises WILL come to pass.
  2. Pray that His will be done. At some point in your life, you must have prayed, Thy will be done. Now that things aren’t working out in your favor, does that mean that His will is not being done in your life? Of course not. It was God’s will for Jesus to go to the cross, despite the agony he had to endure. Just because your current situation isn’t pleasant and happy doesn’t mean you’re not where God wants you.
  3. See this as a time of training and preparation. In our zeal, we often think we’re ready sooner than we really are. I know, as this was frequently the case for me.God may have given you a promise, you may have even had a powerful word spoken over you, but like anything else that’s important in this life, it takes training and preparation. Allow Him to make you into the woman who can hold the position He has purposed you for. You cannot put new wine into old wineskin—it will never hold (Matthew 9:17).
  4. Ask if what you want is good for you. God’s desire is to grant us the desires of our heart but much like putting the keys to a Corvette in the hands of an 8 yr old, what you’re asking for may not be good for you. You may think you know what’s best, but His Word says that ‘no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.’ (Psalm 84:11).
  5. Bar any open doors. Not all of our delays are from God. Some do come from Satan. Have you sinned and given him access? Are you not being faithful in some area of your life and wondering why you’re having trouble having faith in God when everything is going wrong? Close that door and trust that God will take care of everything you need—that’s faith!

Jesus came so that we could have an abundant life (Jn 10:10), but He also said, “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12).

You can bet your bottom dollar that you will have trouble at times—we all will. I won’t deceive you into thinking that it’s easy to have faith in God when all is going wrong. But I will say that if you trust in Him and hang on, He will do more to turn your situation around than you could have possibly imagined.

By Kris Reece, Counselor, Coach, Speaker

13 replies
  1. Warren Grayson
    Warren Grayson says:

    It’s a real blessing coming across this. After an intense prayer about my business and my future I was searching online for something to help. I’ve been in Christ over 30 years and this trial has been the most challenging. The former heavy weight champion Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get hit.” I’ve had a strong prayer life, but it’s amazing when trouble comes and hit you in ways you feel you can’t defend. I know God’s promises are real, but I see how much I need to have his word in my heart for times like these. Both are required, prayer and His word.

  2. Tykia Forrest
    Tykia Forrest says:

    Thank you so much for this!! It opened my eyes to see the bigger picture… I’m not feeling all that well.. but I know that, in trying times like this, thing will get better.. I have my faith .. and if there’s a will.. there’s a way!! Thank you Lord!🙏🏼

  3. Tricia
    Tricia says:

    Need a turn around. Why did I not listen and grow, not like I used to be. Help long way off. Holy ghost had Hum but grieved .

  4. EMYR Evans
    EMYR Evans says:

    My wife and I have been Christian’s for many years now but we’ve had big trials in our marriage and family life that’s shake us down to the core. My wife and I are now heading for divorce and there not much I can do about it personally.

    I’m doing my very best to stay in faith and to trust Gods timing in our marriage but it’s the hardest trial I’ve ever been through.
    And it doesn’t help when got is God silent through all this. Why is this?

  5. Samuel
    Samuel says:

    I have faith in God, but I just wish he answers my prayers, I have been struggling for many years just to leave a comfortable and happy life, please put me in prayer, let thy will be done in my life.

  6. Pam
    Pam says:

    I love my Lord Jesus…..I thought that my faith was strong. God showed me different this morning. I have more growth to be done. My mom said, ‘I will be satisfied where the Lord wants me to be. My eyes were opened to the fact that I was not. My trials in life is almost unbearable. My daughter struggles with mental illness. That is ongoing with many other life challenges. My so has Autism as well. I care for them and the battle is never ending. The point is I just want to go home. Not suicidal! not that way. My desire to not live in this pain seeing my children suffer is too much. God said my trust in him is not where it should be. I am search for answers. Trying to find truth in my heart. What does trust look like. It is a choice. When you find full trust in God, there I will find joy also. Thank you for listening.
    Jesus is real and he is the only way.
    I will learn more! research in the Bible…full trust and Joy!

  7. Krista
    Krista says:

    Something’s you just come across at the right time and this is one of those things. I found it helpful the reminder to bear the open door the devil would love for us to take. Grateful for hope and thr feeling that I am not alone. God bless.

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