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I Will Harden You to Difficulties

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Many times when we encounter problems in our lives, we experience the familiar feelings of anxiety, fear, and distress. However, our loving and God counsels His children not to be afraid, because He is close and has a plan to help us in the middle of and through our difficulties. To spiritually progress from anxiety, fear, and distress to reassurance, faith, and peace requires time and God’s grace to walk us through our experiences and strengthen our hearts and minds. We are all at different levels spiritually, and God meets and recognizes each individual at his point of need. He has not promised that troubles and struggles will not come our way, but He has promised that He will strengthen and harden us to difficulties.

The dictionary states the meaning of harden as “to make hardy, robust or capable of endurance; to become confirmed or strengthened with reference to character, intentions, or feelings.” In other words, the crisis that feels so difficult to undergo today is being used by God as a tool to build and create emotional strength and spiritual endurance for our tomorrows. Because of this hardening, we will be full of faith rather than fear. We will find ourselves unconcerned about circumstances that would have caused us enormous worry in the past. God holds the answer to all of our difficulties, and He longs to help us during and through tough times.

“Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice” (Isaiah 41:10).

 

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