08 Nov When The Going Gets Tough

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Have you ever heard that expression before? Or maybe this one: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” If you aren’t familiar with these sayings, they’re basically communicating a central point – life is difficult, so you’re going to have to press through and make the most of it. Although these phrases are catchy and cute, they’re much easier said than done, right? When you’re struggling financially and your car breaks down, or life is going well, but a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, or you’re struggling to make ends meet and then you’re laid off work, you’re going to need more than some pithy saying about lemonade. But what exactly do you need to make it through life’s toughest moments?

Throughout Scripture there are examples of people who have gone through some really tough times. If you’re reading about a main character in the Bible, it’s safe to bet that somewhere in their story you’ll discover that they battled with some significant struggles. One of those characters is the Apostle Paul. All through the New Testament, Paul writes about the struggles he had: being stoned, beaten with rods, three different shipwrecks at sea, betrayed by those close to him, and so on. When it comes to the going getting tough, Paul endured about everything there was to experience. So, at the end of the day, what was it that got him through? When life gave him the sourest of lemons, how did he turn those into lemonade? Paul gives us a peek at the answer in 2 Timothy 4:17-18:

“The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles might hear it… The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom.”

Translation: Paul made it through the darkest of times because of his reliance on God! Paul shows us that no matter what life may throw at us, God’s grace is never-ending, never-failing, and perfectly sustaining. God’s grace extends a hand of rescue to us when we need it most, and He gives us strength even in the lowest of valleys. As the Psalmist declares in Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Because of God’s grace and strength, we can have GRIT in the middle of the storms of life!

So, if you’re in the thick of life and you’re wondering if it is even worth it – don’t quit! God’s grace and strength is more than enough to sustain you through whatever life throws at you – and God promises to never leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6)! Come join us at a newhope campus this weekend to learn more about finding your GRIT – you don’t want to miss it!

Caleb Taylor
Worship Pastor – Garner Campus

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