“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
Hard times are training opportunities. Think of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers, taken to another country, imprisoned etc. (See Genesis 37 ff). What others intended for evil in his life, God used and intended for good. (Genesis 50:20) God used seemingly disastrous events to train, prepare, and place Joseph in the right place at the right time for the right reasons. We all know the story … but when it happens to us, we have the chance to learn it for real and anew.
Challenging times are the perfect time to become acutely aware of and to grow our dependence on Him. As one author says: “Challenging times wake you up and amplify your awareness of needing My help.” Challenging times forge our character. They also prepare the way to God to reveal His glory in greater ways.
So I’m in training (as are a few other sojourners with me). And I embrace it. I want to know deep dependence on God. I want to trust in Him alone to save me. I want to see His glory revealed in my life like I have never seen it before. And so I train — listening, watching, waiting, working, responding, obeying, trusting, and moving in faith.
The Lord is the strength of my life! Not anyone or anything else. The Lord God Almighty is my strength and my song! And with Him, I am victorious. No matter what.
Training ground is holy ground … when we have Him to train us!