Psalm 77:19, 20 (KJV)

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

We can probably agree that the tough times of life are inescapable.

Difficult circumstances will take place in every person’s life. Of course, some of the troubles we experience are those we bring on ourselves, while others are the result of what God is doing in our lives.

However, what is important is how we respond to those tough times — that’s what’s going to make the difference in us. We must decide whether we’re going to let our burdens develop us or destroy us –our success hinges upon our attitude and response to our circumstances.

Think about how the Israelites responded to their trials as they fled Egypt for the Promised Land. Some, like Moses and Joshua engaged the long arduous journey with confidence in God, and their character became stronger because of it. Yet, there were also Israelites who were faithless, and they crumbled beneath their loads because they refused to trust in God.

The difference was the way they responded to their problems.

Some of the most godly men and women I know are those who have walked through the most difficult times of heartbreak, loss, and persecution. However, through it all, they committed themselves to being godly, strong, and courageous—to continue trusting God no matter what happened.
Though they are simply ordinary people, they learned the key to surviving tough times…

They trust God to see them through all circumstances placed before them.

For example, when the children of Israel were caught between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea, Moses was able to remain faithful- even though Psalm 77:19 reports, “Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, and Your footsteps were not known.”

Moses didn’t know how God would deliver them but he still knew that God would deliver them. So he said to Israel, “Do not be afraid, Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today” (Ex. 14:13).

Moses saw the one who is unseen- he saw God. If we forget everything else, we must remember this:
The key to surviving tough times is learning to live with the continuing awareness of the presence of God.

Have you discovered that yet?

Are you aware that every moment of your life you are in the presence of the almighty God, and that He is sovereign, loving, all-knowing, and faithful?

You should because He is always with you- helping you, providing for you and protecting you.
There is no trouble, heartache, loss or suffering that His loving hand can’t guide you through fully.

Count on Him, then. You’ll not only survive the tough times, you’ll triumph in them.

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