When Times Are Tough, Get Busy
And whatever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men.
Colossians 3:23 NKJV
It isn’t easy to overcome tough times—it takes hard work and lots of it. So if you’re facing adversity of any kind, you can be sure that God has important work for you to do . . . but He won’t make you do it. Since the days of Adam and Eve, God has allowed His children to make choices for themselves, and so it is with you. You can either dig in and work hard, or you can retreat to the couch, click on the TV, and hope things get better on their own.
The Bible instructs us that we can learn an important lesson of a surprising source: ants. Ants are among nature’s most industrious creatures. They do their work without supervision, rumination, or hesitation. We should do likewise. When times are tough, we must summon the courage and determination to work ourselves out of trouble.
God has created a world in which diligence is rewarded and sloth is not. So whatever you choose to do, do it with commitment, excitement, and vigor. God didn’t create you for a life of mediocrity or pain; He created you for far greater things. Reaching for greater things—and defeating tough times—usually requires work and lots of it, which is perfectly fine with God. After all, He knows that you’re up to the task, and He still has big plans for you.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. - Peter Marshall
All work, if offered to Him, is transformed. It is not secular but sacred, sanctified in the glad offering. - Elisabeth Elliot
God has lots of folks who intend to go to work for Him “some day.” What He needs is more people who are willing to work for Him this day. - Marie T. Freeman
Heavenly Father, when I am fearful, keep me mindful that You are my protector and my salvation. Give me strength, Lord, to face the challenges of this day as I gain my courage from You. Amen
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.