Press Through Difficult Times

There will always be difficult times in life. We wish it were not so, but we know that it is. The question becomes what will we do when we face difficult times.

There are really only two choices. We can quit (though I’m not sure where you quit to). Or, we can press through.

James, who wrote the New Testament book of James encouraged his readers to press through, pray, and learn patience.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Jas 1:2–5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

As much as we do not like difficulties, there is a part of maturing in our faith, and in our life, that we can not get any other way. So, we press through difficulties. We pray through difficulties. And, we learn patience through difficulties.

“The meaning of patience transcends the idea of bearing affliction; it includes the idea of standing fast under pressure, with a staying power that turns adversities into opportunities.”

 Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1997). The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version (Jas 1:3). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.