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Is the Grade to Steep?
By Shane Williams

Researchers have found that most people recognize a hill to be steeper than it really is. This is especially true if they are carrying something or are tired. Participants consistently misjudged the slope of a hill. Often they would estimate up to four times what it actually was, believing a five degree slope was nearly twenty degrees! No one thought they could be so far off.

It goes to show that when we are tired, burdened or exhausted, even a small problem can seem too big for us to handle. When we encounter a trial in life, we might be tempted to just sit down and stay there. Perhaps we think the grade of the hill is too steep for us.

That is why we need to find the encouragement of God's Word. It draws our attention to God, who does not tire and knows our need. Isaiah wrote: "The Creator of the ends of the earth neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength" (Isaiah 40:28-29).

Since we so easily overestimate life's difficulties, we need courage to keep going when we are tempted to quit. Take a step of faith today and join those who depend on the Lord.

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31).

In His strength, you can conquer any steep grade. God always gives us the strength to carry on.


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