Times That Try Our Souls

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

As Christmas approached, the depleted soldiers fighting for colonial America had every reason to feel hopeless. The army had been in retreat, and many men were discouraged and tired. But on this day in 1776, Thomas Paine published a pamphlet that sparked a major change.

Born in England in 1737, Paine immigrated to America in 1774 and immediately became involved in the revolutionary cause, serving in the Colonial army. Aware of the darkening spirit that was permeating the country, Paine sought to rally the people with an inspiring message.

He wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” He urged Americans not to be like a “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” who would shrink from this crisis.

Yes, they faced difficult challenges. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered,” but they must not give up. He believed that “perseverance and fortitude” would lead to “the prospect of a glorious issue,” but “cowardice and submission” would result in “a variety of evils.”

George Washington had these inspiring words read to his troops. They gave hope and helped provide the spark that led to victory.

Today, we live in times that can try our souls. The opposition to the Gospel can seem invincible, leaving many Believers feeling discouraged and even hopeless. But the Bible warns that you should not be surprised at the “fiery trials you are going through.”

Remember that you are involved in a war for the hearts and minds of the world. Don’t be discouraged. Persevere, have faith, and put your faith into action. Trust in God! He will give you victory.