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As I write this devotion, entitled Tough Times, I don’t think I need to explain the meaning of tough times. If we are honest, we have all faced them. In fact, we are still facing them. This coronavirus along with the other pressing problems in life have caused us to realize that these are tough days. Nevertheless, we can make it. Someone said, “When the times get tough, tough people step up.” We cannot have feeble faith during tough times. Our faith must be strong and enduring so we can get through. Also, know that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Our scripture reference is II Timothy 3:1 and reads.

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.”

In this deep and moving passage of scripture, Timothy is warned that tough times are coming. Paul, the humble servant of the Lord, speaks to his son in the ministry telling him that people will become disobedient to their parents, and only love themselves and their money. They will consider nothing to be sacred. They will betray their friends and be reckless in their lives. That sounds like what we are faced with today. We have seen corruption in every phase and facet of life. Paul tells Timothy to be faithful unto the things that you have been taught. Do not neglect your early learning. Depend upon the Word of God. Do what is right. God is using these times to prepare His people to do good work. The good news today is that trouble does not last always. Tough times will come, but God will deliver His people who are true and loyal to Him. Prayerfully, you have toughened yourself up for the journey set before you. Do not have thin skin or a weak faith. Rather, put on the whole armor of God and be strong in the Lord.