Life presents a paradox. Hard work leads to ease and pleasure. But when you take things easy, you set yourself up for difficulty in your future. It is important to cultivate mental fortitude and embody the spirit of a warrior. The world is a tough and harsh place, ready to take you down any moment. You are on a mission to watch over your world and steer it towards where God wants. You must contend with a ruthless world that does not follow the rules. When you confront adversity with spiritual stamina, you pave the way for a future of ease and pleasure. You need a backbone.
The Bible makes it clear that you will experience things that are unpleasant. But you emerge from them stronger than ever. Equipped for a higher level of operation. Isaiah 43:2 ESV says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” In the midst of adversity and affliction, you know that the Lord, your Teacher continues to communicate. You will hear “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:20-21).
We need to consider the decades of training the Lord subjected Moses to. Think about it; Moses started his higher works at age 80. He had been through a lot, and suffered a lot. The things he suffered made him tough. And ready to fight for the liberation of his people. The Psalmist made it clear that you will be cheated. And you should expect to pass through the waters and the fires on the road to a place of wealth and abundance (Psalms 66:12). As Winston Churchill put it, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Think about it, that is how we conquer hell.