The BEST require the best and most intense training…soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors, coast guardsmen navy seals, green berets, police officers etc.
Some organizations such as fraternities and sororities require grueling trial periods that people willingly subject themselves to in order to become members.
These trainings and trials allow people to learn the culture, prove themselves ‘worthy’, prove what they are able, and willing to withstand and endure, prove their allegiance and loyalty and are prepared for what may come. The trials and trainings should instill a greater since of belonging, brotherhood and sisterhood.
So, we should not be surprised that when we become a part of the body of Christ that God allows us to go through trials to grow help us know Him and ourselves better.
He sometimes allows us to endure intense training so we can grow stronger, increase our faith and be prepared for what’s to come. Trials don’t question your relationship with God, but they confirm it.
1 Peter 4:12 says…
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;” James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
2 Timothy 2:3 3…
“You therefore must endure[a] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” But just as in the examples above, when the trials are over, there is great joy for those who reach their goals.
God encourages in Psalm 30:5, that even if some trials and challenges are because of our sin…
“For His anger is but for a moment,His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”
Be encouraged my brothers and sisters. I pray your strength in the Lord today. If you’re going through something tough today, be strong. God’s got you!