Steadfastness implies disciplined stability under stressful circumstances. There is no question that we are living in stressful times that test our faith, interrupt our focus, and tempt us to fear. When we are steadfastly persistent in our time with the Father, He will teach us what we can learn in the middle of any trial.
We must never look at difficulties as being God’s idea! God did not create COVID 19 or any other disease or natural disaster or war. He will use tragedy and hardships of many kinds, though, drawing people to Him and working good in the middle of the situations for those who love Him (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28). God is sovereign and good and merciful and just all the time; His character never changes. We can trust Him and remain steadfast in hope because of Jesus no matter what is happening in the world around us.