Hope for Getting Through the Tough Times


Six months
ago, none of us has could have imagined what American families would be going
through right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands
continue to get sick and die. Millions are out of work, and our nation is still
only in the very beginning stages of re-opening. There’s plenty to fear.

Or is
there?

What do
passages like Philippians
4:6-7
mean? It says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known
to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

It means
that anxiety and fear are intended to be a wakeup call, not a way of life. Your
anxiety may be telling you, “I’ve got to wake up and get my finances in order.
To pay attention to my health. To address problems in my marriage.”

What God
wants you to guard your heart against is allowing yourself to be sucked into a
pit of despair where you feel trapped and paralyzed.

The
Apostle Paul is telling us that we can call out to God in our time of need and say,
“Help,” and trust Him in the midst of our uncertainty. Pastor and author Max
Lucado says the ability to do that begins and ends in trusting the character of
God.

Scripture tells
us that God loves the world enough that He came to be its Savior. He is always with
us and always in control, overseeing the affairs of mankind. So, whenever you feel
anxious, lift up your eyes to heaven and set your mind on God.

The Apostle
Peter walked on the water as long as he kept his eyes on Christ. It’s when he diverted
his attention to the wind and the waves that he sank.

Nationally-known
speaker and bestselling-author Max Lucado is our guest on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Hope for Getting Through the Tough Times” to help you better understand how to take
your anxious feelings to God and be filled with His peace … even in such
uncertain times.

Listen to
our conversation on your local radio
station
, online, on Apple
Podcasts
, via Google
Podcasts
, or on our free
phone app
.

Max Lucado
has been the teaching pastor of Oak Hill Church in San Antonio, Texas for many
years. His book You’ll
Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
is available
for a gift of any amount. If you can’t afford it,
we’ll still make it available to you and trust that others will take
care of us financially for doing so. Visit our
website
for more information.

If you’re having an especially difficult time right now, I invite you to speak with one of our caring Christian counselors. Call us, leave your name and number, and they’ll get back with you as soon as possible. The number during business hours is 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).



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