“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur
There is a big difference between Battle-Ready Faith (that I wrote about in my last post) and Battle-Tested Faith. Battle-ready means that you have trained hard and prepared with the right equipment, knowledge of your environment and your enemy, sound strategies, and all the courage you can muster. Battle-Tested, on the other hand, means that you have been in the thick of it. You know what it’s like to be shot at by an enemy sworn to kill you, and you have returned fire. You know what a battle feels like. You know the sights, sounds, and smells. You’ve faced your mortality and you have the scars to prove it.
Is yours a battle-tested faith? Do you know what it’s like to: Cry out to God in a hospital, begging to be allowed to change places with your child so his pain will go away? Or pray with your pastor or counselor for God to restore trust and love in your marriage and to heal the wounds of infidelity? Try to reconcile God’s goodness with your prayer for a child that has gone unanswered for years? Then, take heart. You’re in good company (see Hebrews 11).
If you are not currently in the midst of a battle, be grateful and prepare, for the fight is coming. And look around. Surely, someone you know (or know of) is in the fight of his life and could use some help.
Are you in a battle today? Let us know so we can join the fight by praying for you.