Have you ever felt like giving up?
Second Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going” (NLT).
“Perseverance” is a “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement” and “persistent determination” (dictionary.com).
I believe God has a plan for all of us. I also believe that God allows things to happen in our lives because it causes us to rely on Him more. Hardships are an opportunity for us to grow. It’s hard to believe that a painful or difficult situation helps us, but it does. We have to be mindful of two things, (1) we will all encounter troubles, and (2) we must see trouble from a different perspective.
James tells us, “Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything” (James 1:2-4 NLT).
Situations in life happen for a reason. Don’t give up, instead rely on Him more.
Question: What kind of troubles and hardships are you going through right now? How can you see it as an opportunity for growth?
Read 2 Timothy 2:3-13
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