Three pull-ups. Some would see that as a challenge. While others would say, that’s not even a warmup. What’s next? My son’s New Years’ resolution was to do three pull-ups when he was ten years old. It took him two years to accomplish his goal, but now he’ll do fifteen to twenty rapid-fire as if they were nothing.
Flexing doesn’t come easy. The body must first break down to build muscle. As the muscle fibers repair themselves, they heal back stronger. Faith can be the same way. When life throws a challenging crisis our way, our faith can flounder, doubts creep in, or in some way we break down, but then God lets us know He’s been by our side all along. Sometimes it’s easier to see how He sustained us after we’re through the worst. With experience, we can see His fingerprints on our lives, guiding us through difficulties. Our spiritual muscles grow, and we come out stronger in the end.
“What if the circumstances you are asking God to change are the very circumstances God is using to change you?” – Mark Batterson
Like physical exercise, we, too, become stronger with each spiritual workout. As we develop the faith to climb over each hurdle, our recovery time will shorten. Problems that at one point seemed insurmountable will begin to appear smaller.
It doesn’t always mean the difficulty level will lessen. Significant challenges will still come. But when we look back on the struggles God has already pulled us through, we’ll know we can stand firm on the solid rock of Jesus and face fear, knowing that nothing in this universe or the next can separate us from God’s loving arms.
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