God trains His soldiers not in tents of ease and luxury but by causing them to endure lengthly marches and difficult service. He makes them wade across streams, swim through rivers, climb mountains, and walk many tiring miles with heavy backpacks. –Charles H. Spurgeon
I recently read in the book Extreme Fear how the military trains to the point of automatic response to help soldiers overcome fear in battle. Perhaps God is training us so that our automatic response to fear is faith. We need opportunities to practice responding in faith: believing Him and what He says.
The warrior woman in the photo is my “niece,” Mary. Part of Mary’s training has been to deal–as a newlywed–with her husband’s 6-month deployment with the Marines. I’m sure there’s been lots of opportunities to worry, fear, and lose heart. I’m sure there’s been a lot of tears. But Mary turns to God and will come out of this time with a stronger and more automatic faith response.
When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. 2 Timothy 2:3,4 The Message