Suppose you can't walk a mile down the street. It stands to reason that you aren't able to run a marathon. If you've never bothered to master simple math, it's not likely you're up to passing a calculus test. And if you would rather quit than surmount life's small hurdles, how will you be able to overcome the big ones?

Adversity has been called God's training ground. The more willing you are to tackle ordinary setbacks, the more capable and self-confident you grow. Later, when complex problems arise (and they will) you're accustomed to saying, "Well, God helped me through back then, so He's not going to fail me now!" Such a bold statement of faith wouldn't occur to you unless you've been there, done that, and leaned on Him every step of the way.

When you fall, reach up. Put your hand in God's because He's willing and able to pull you up and get you going again. And this time you'll be walking with more street smarts than you had before. How did you handle your last stumble? Think about it. Chances are good you learned something that can move you forward today!

The Lord will make you go through hard times, but he himself will be there to teach you, and you will not have to search for him any more.

Isaiah 30:20 GNT


This was an excerpt from Shouts of Joy–a book designed to remind you of the goodness of your heavenly Father.