Trials are the food of faith. –George Mueller
The Olympic Trials will be held this summer. They’re sure to be spectacular events, with young athletes from all over the United States competing for the few coveted spots on the 2016 US Olympic team. These athletes have endured strenuous training regimens–sacrificing a normal life–all for the chance to compete in these trials. Some will even make it to the Olympic games.
As believers, we, too, should train for our trials. Have you thought about how your daily routine of prayer, reading and obeying God’s Word, day after day, prepares you to stand strong when faced with a trial? Training for trials prepares you in advance to fight the fight of faith.
Friends, do you love the fight? Paul calls the fight of faith a “good fight.” It’s been said that we should love the contest of faith in the way an athelete loves his sport.
I can’t say I love trials. But there is something invigorating about approaching each day on the offensive, strengthening myself in God’s Word and being intentional about prayer. Thus, the reason for 21 Days of Strength.
I should walk away from my time in prayer and study each morning armed and ready. Expectant and watchful. Alert to signs of God at work and opportunities to step out in faith. Ready to share the Gospel, to meet a need, to take back territory from the enemy. Prepared to stand strong in the inevitable trials that are part of daily life in a broken world.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4).
Let’s reflect on these verses. We challenged to consider trials as an opportunity for joy. The same kind of joy awaits us when we prevail in our trial that the athlete experiences when winning his race. Another great reason to grow strong and train for our trials!