For my first bible study on this blog, I chose a book called Spiritual Grit written by Rick Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence defines grit as the steely determination to keep going when it would be easy to give up. He states this determination can make the difference between good and bad outcomes and gives a number of examples. I will list just a couple that he mentions:
Mr. Lawrence states we ultimately need a source of strength that comes from outside of ourselves to help us face and overcome our challenges. He calls this "spiritual grit".
Winston Churchill gave a talk to students just after the Blitz of London, when London had been bombed repeatedly by the Germans. He told the students, and the rest of the British the famous words - "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never- in nothing, great or or small, large or petty- never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelmingly might of the enemy." While he said these words to students in wartime, they are just as appropriate to our daily struggle against Satan and his forces. In fact, Peter warns us about this in his letter, "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
I loved this quote Mr. Lawrence makes: " The steely determination strengthening us in the middle of fear and confusion and pain is fed by a deeper well." He then goes on to explain we find that deeper well in the heart of Jesus. To me, that means I am going to have to constantly pull from that source. Wells are deep. I can't just touch the surface and be content. I have to put some effort into reaching the "water" and then letting it quench my thirst. But that also means it will last longer. A puddle or shallow pond will dry up quickly and disappear. A well is deep and has staying power. When trouble comes, that is what I need, a source of strength with staying power.
I am going to stop there for today. I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow.