Have you ever noticed how easy it is to trust in God when everything is going well, but when a little trouble comes our way, our faith waivers? Do you think that is why God's Word consistently tries to prepare us for the tough times of life, and why God repeats the promise "I will never leave you nor forsake you"?
Let me tell you something I have learned from Christian experience, if I do not stand firm in my faith, I will have no faith at all! I can't be half-hearted in my devotion to Christ, or I will have no devotion at all. It is not enough just to say I believe, I have to live it out everyday; through the good times and the bad. If I play with my Christianity, Satan will win in his temptations towards me everytime.
I can honestly say I have had my share of hard times. Don't misunderstand, I can clearly see evidence of God's goodness, but the truth is my faith has been tested. I have learned this, when I plant my faith deeply in God, in His Holy Word, and when I lean on Him completely and not on my own abilities, I seem to have a strength about me that overcomes the problems of this world. I seem to be able to conquer the spirit of fear and relish in the peace and joy of the Lord.