“When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something truly magnificent, he starts with an impossibility.” Armin Gesswein
Let’s face it; life can sometimes be tough—very tough. When our health takes twists we did not anticipate, our business doesn’t to take the trend that was projected, or our marriages and relationships become bumpy and uncertain, the temptation to call it quits is very real. But we also know that winners never quit. We are all inspired by people who are determined; who refuse to quit.
Determination is looking at insurmountable obstacles as opportunities to cry out for God’s supernatural intervention. The opposite of determination is faintheartedness.
Why is determination important?
Life is consisted of choices. If we make right choices, we experience the blessings of God. If we make wrong choices, we experience discipline, destruction, or even death. After wise decisions have been made they are carried out with determination. Wise choices will often be challenged by difficulties and temptations. E.g. if two young adults who are relating determine that they will keep sexually pure before marriage, that choice will be tested and they will have to be determined to work through their choices. Any choice that you make be tested.
We have a classic example of determination in the Bible:
Hebrews 11:24-27 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Reaching one’s goals requires more than a skill: it takes determination. This means rejecting distractions, such as discouragement and doubt. Often, failure is due NOT to lack of talent or ability but to a lack of persistence during difficult times.
Hudson Taylor, who was a missionary to India, once commented: “At first the task looks difficult, then it is impossible; then it is done.”
Armin Gesswein—who was the founder and director of Revival Prayer Fellowship, Inc. and Ministers’ Prayer Fellowship—said, “When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something truly magnificent, he starts with an impossibility.”
May God give you a spirit that does not give up; a spirit of determination.