“So, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?” Jeremiah 12:5, THE MESSAGE
Every sports team that I ever played on, watched, or was a fan of in my decades of sporting years had scrimmage games. These games were either among the players themselves on the same team, being split off by the coaches into two teams, with often the offense against the defense, or they were against another neighboring team, prior to the opening of the “regular season.”
What was the purpose you might ask, for those not familiar as much with sports – but that is probably most unlikely, right?
It gave the players an opportunity to test their skills or practice their game moves before the actual games played against opposing teams, those times which would count during the regular season. Much practice before the actual games started was needed to hopefully assure their place in the higher standings when the playoffs, and ultimately the final championship game or match, were held at the end of the sports season.
It also gave their coaches the chance to make decisions as to who would best fit in one spot on the team, whether they played better than another at a certain position, or had a specialized skill that would be a definite advantage when facing the opponent at the appropriate time needed.
Even in the military, our armed forces carry out training games, sometimes with real ammunition, to test the character, resolve, and combat readiness of the men and women. Most often it is on training grounds especially prepared for these maneuvers. At other times it is joining forces with another ally nation, i.e. the Americans and the Israelis, to coordinate, prepare, and simulate what may happen should the enemy rise and engage in war.
By now you most likely have guessed where this is going.
Believers are given opportunities to know, and then to show, what maturity level they have arrived at. We are put in situations where the Lord wants us to know, and where He can show us, how far, or not, we have come in our walk with Him. He will give us moments, or seasons, which will reveal our character, our spiritual fruit, our reaction when tough times come, and the “game” is on. That game time when it is “for real”.
As I wrote about in a previous Now Think On This message, “This Is Only A Test”, opportunities come to show us if we can pass the test or not. Until we are tested, we may not even know – for better or worse – what we have become in Him by that point in time.
We should be the ones who can pass tests. We should be the ones who, unlike the world, once the testing is complete, be able to stand in courage and not run in fear. We should be the ones who are the light, and not add to the dark that tries to overcome all around us.
Our lives, as believers, should enable us to stand against the wind, the rain, the storms that come our way, and not only to stand, but help others stand too.
We should be the ones. Are we?
How has the current news, whether the latest virus, the most recent tragedy, the loss of income in the 401(K) or the job, affected your life? Are you able to stand? Will you stand?
Take these opportunities in testing, for game preparation, in life’s “scrimmages” to get ready now. Don’t wait until the animals are out of the pen, the bank account is empty, or the food chain supply is disrupted to find out if your preparation was adequate or not.
The time is coming, if not already here, when we will be required to run with the horses, to take our place on the front lines, to raise the Lord’s flag in the midst of the great spiritual war that commeth, to put it in good old King James language.
As we are encouraged to do so in preparedness in Scripture, the Living Word of God.
“Exercise daily in God — no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.” 1 Timothy 4:7-10, THE MESSAGE
I recently told someone I am running to the battle front line and won’t be one who tries to keep to the back. How about you?
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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Now Think On This #488 – in the year of our Lord 03.10.2020 – “Run With The Horses.” Tuesday, 3:40 pm in Charlotte, NC USA