“We train like we fight.” Its an old military adage, and what it’s pointing out is the relationship between preparedness and success. A soldier who doesn’t train very hard usually doesn’t fight very well, which is a significant problem on the battlefield. People die there. And although there aren’t many of us in imminent danger of combat duty in America right now, there are a lot of people facing challenges to their faith every day all over the world.
- How could God let this happen?
- Is He even listening?
- How can I possibly forgive them?
- How can He possibly forgive me?
There are plenty of real world issues out there causing people to question their faith in Jesus Christ. Sin, doubt, shame, pain and evil in its many forms, are all cause to make a person wonder about the existence of God, the goodness of God and the faithfulness of God. Maybe that’s why Paul said, “But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in Godliness…” (1 Timothy 4:7). And maybe that’s why Peter told believers to, “Always be ready to give a defense for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15). They understood that everyday normal life can turn into a spiritual combat zone at the drop of a hat and they wanted people to be ready when it does. Its SO MUCH BETTER to be ready, SO MUCH EASIER to withstand the challenges that come our way when we take the time to train hard beforehand.
Are you training?
Are you ready for a fight?