I don’t exercise regularly, well I actually would say I rarely exercise. Once in a while I take walks and help my husband work out but its not my thing. From what he tells me, consistency in keeping fit is challenging and many people show up on day one and disappear. The same happens in training grounds, many give up and pull out because of the toil and pain they undergo in the course of the training. But for the few who endure, great rewards await.
Before killing Goliath, David was in a training ground. (1st Samuel 17) This is what he says to Saul ‘“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it, and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it, and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear;” This was a perfect training ground for a future giant killer.
I believe killing bears and lions is tough. I also believe taking care of sheep as your brothers are sent to fight real wars can be intimidating. Maybe, being sent to deliver food to them may have also been considered a ‘petty job’ but David used all these as training ground. With the right attitude, he went through the season that prepared him for future greatness.
For some like Gideon, it was real adversity that prepared him for greatness. Job also endured a season of pain and sorrow, to pass a faithfulness test. Many of us cannot stand petty jobs, we cannot stand running errands for others, we cannot stand the training grounds of life. Yet they strengthen needed for future responsibilities.
The training ground is a blessing, keep exercising; it may be tough and painful, it may even be intimidating and embarrassing: But keep pushing. Today, thank God for the adversity, the preparation season. It shall pay off in a big way. May He grant us grace to face every form of adversity that comes our way with the right attitude. May we come out stronger for bigger giants of life.