I’ve found out that the Lord will give you a test, and if you don’t pass it, He takes you through a course again and you’ve got to go back to the same test. You might as well get it right the first time. And then after awhile, after a few years, He gives you a refresher course. – Mike Morrow
They train you in Air Forces, at least they used to. For when a Sergeant said, “Hit the ground,” you hit the ground. You didn’t stand there and say, “Why would I want to hit the ground? Is there a reason to hit the ground? That looks like an awful hard ground, my momma wouldn’t make me hit the ground” None of that. “Hit the ground,” bang! you’re down. And it saves your life.
God deals with every one of us that same way. He trains us. He trains you. That is what the life of faith is about; and that’s what you’re going through all of your life. And sometimes, you are in a raging battle and your training comes in. And you understand, “This is where I am, and this is what God has done for me, and this is what He has taught me to do in the midst of this situation. Lord, help me now O God.” Every child of God is disciplined and trained.
I’ll tell you what I have found out. I’ve found out that the Lord will give you a test, and if you don’t pass it, He takes you through the course again. You got to go back to the same test. You might as well get it right the first time. And then, after a while, after a few years, He gives you a refresher course, you know. So, the encouragement here is don’t be depressed, don’t be put down, don’t be discouraged by your experience because God is working in your life; not when everything is butterflies and roses, maybe sometimes when everything is going wrong and is totally messed up.
Excerpt taken from Session #4 of the Men’s Retreat