How do we persevere when times get hard?
Sometimes in my attempt to baptize you into the depths of God's word bringing you deep into an understanding of some topics, I am aware that for some of you, I am almost certain to drown you in verses and thoughts too deep and too soon, to give any sustainable help in life's everyday situations. Swimming too deep all the time becomes exhausting and can be dangerous for lack of oxygen to the brain. Forgive me for this. As Christians in this world how are to endure the tragedies and evils of this life?
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
- James 4:6-10 (NIV)