Thursday, March 31, 2011

When the Going Gets Tough

You’ve heard the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” But what happens if the going isn’t just tough, but impossible? What happens when you’re giving it all you’ve got, but all you’ve got is nothing? It’s then we often think, “What if I’m on the wrong path? It can’t be this hard, this messed up. God has promised to make a way, but all I see is a wall.”

I think at times God purposefully brings His people to this point. If you have no strength, no ability to move forward, then when accomplishments do happen, everyone knows—it wasn’t you; it was God.

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” 1Cr 1:27

In our weakness, then He is permitted to be strong, and the whole world will see Him through our trials. I’ve had times in my life when I was facing the impossible and it seemed completely silly to move forward. Foolish to even try. Yet we see again and again in the Bible that our God is the God of the silly and impossible. Think of the Israelites marching around Jericho thirteen times. That’s pretty silly. But they followed the journey God requested of them, and He tore that wall down.

Think of young David flinging a stone at a giant. That’s not only silly, it’s downright foolish! Yet God brought Goliath down. Think of Jesus, trying to feed thousands of people with just a bit of bread and fish—that’s impossible, too. Time after time we are shown His abilities in the Bible, and historical testimonies since then continue to show His miracles.

Why should today be any different? I speak from personal experience when I tell you that our God is still the God of the silly and impossible, right now in 2011! He is still a God who asks us to go on that difficult journey so that our faith will grow, His grace will abound, and all glory will be given to Him.


“…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Rom. 5:3-4

So next time you face that impossible wall—perhaps financial trouble, a broken relationship, health issues—whatever it is, know that our God is just waiting for you to hand it over to Him. All He asks of us is that we keep walking.

Keep on keeping on.


Amy Michelle Wiley

(For the personal story of my own “Jericho wall,” listen to my testimony here.)

16 comments:

  1. Great reminder, Amy. With my current job stress and my energy level at an all time low, God is all I have...and all I need.

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  2. Great food for thought. Scriptures say Gods eyes search for those to whom he can show himself strong. 2 Chronicles 16:9

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  3. Your perseverance is inspiring, Amy!

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  4. Thanks, Amy, for sharing this. God loves showing His power trough "impossible" situations. You are living proof of this. ((hugs))

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  5. SO true, Amy. I have watched you, and others, continue on only through God's power. You really are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing, my dear friend!

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  6. I, too, think God builds "walls" and places them in front of us just so HE gets all the glory as we persevere and overcome. The thicker, the higher, the better! For then, the focus is not on us...but on HIM!
    Hugs, Amy...

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  7. This is a beautiful piece and the photo is incredible!

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  8. Amy, wonderful post! You truly are an inspiration, I love that we can cast our cares on Him, and when we are weak we can seek and find strength in our Lord! The photo is awesome! Huge Hugs!

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  9. Excellent message! It goes along with a devotion I just read, and I read both after praying over a situation that, right now, seems impossible. Thank you for the encouragement to keep praying and asking for Him to make it possible.

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  10. hello friends, i am asking you all to follow me so i can also follow. thanks. hoping to hear from you soon.

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  11. I arrived home last night after hearing some devastating news about someone very close to me, and your post was waiting to be read. Why am I ever amazed at God's timing. Thank you Amy. Your message truly blessed my heart.

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  12. Amen, I always cast my heavy burdens on Jesus,am grateful he can handle what I can't.

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  13. Amy, this is so beautiful and so timely. I've been struggling just to make-it to the bathroom and praying that God will just let me die. I feel like such a burden to everyone I come in contact with. You reminded me that God doesn't think I'm a burden and may even be using me for His glory. Thank you for listening to God when he inspired you to write these words.

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  14. His power has shone through my weakness so many, many times. When I'm God-strong & God-confident, it changes EVERYTHING. Love that.

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  15. Thank you all for sharing the ways God blessed you through this. I'm praying for His strength for each of you.

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  16. Thanks for the reminder, Amy, that while our strength is "not enough," His is.

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