Christine Caine - First Things First
Trained by God
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed (Hebrews 12:11-13). For every athlete in any sport, this truth is made clear early on: It takes discipline to succeed. Whether you want to be a professional or just play a sport for fun, it takes a certain level of discipline and practice to do well.
Just like a coach will train an athlete to win, the Lord can allow circumstances to train us because He wants us to succeed in this race we are running. And though it may be painful at times, He promises a harvest of righteousness and peace in the end.
So don’t give up! The race is worth the price you paid in times of training. God WILL strengthen you to endure and succeed. Amen!