This past weekend, I spoke on the early church and their response to opposition. Instead of praying for deliverance, they prayed for boldness: “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29).
Let’s be honest: Most of us would have prayed for deliverance. “God, get rid of these people … fix this problem … smooth out this bump … give me more money!” Instead, these believers prayed for a boldness equal to their challenge.
Here’s the choice we must make when faced with difficulties: While I allow these difficulties to deepen my determination or defeat my determination?
Often, we allow difficulties to defeat our determination. Or, to put it this way, we give up. We walk away, give in, fold over. Is there a proper time to quit? Yes. Sometimes it is foolish to continue down an unproductive path.
However, just as often, we quit too soon. We stop short of receiving our second wind. We sit when we could have pushed a little further.
Here’s the key: Difficulties will deepen your determination when you really, really believe in what you’re fighting for.
If you believe in it, then dig in. Put down a stake. Take a stand. Let every difficulty be an opportunity to reaffirm your commitment.