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Use Every Hardship

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?”
-Jeremiah 12:5

Everything you face in your life and overcome with God’s strength today prepares you for what crosses your path tomorrow. No matter what your disappointment or heartache, if you turn to the Lord for help, that experience will give you courage and hope for the unexpected challenges that lie ahead. In today’s Scripture, the Lord says to His discouraged servant, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?” The challenges in your life today may be cancer, worry over a straying child, marriage tension, or an empty bank account. But whatever you have endured in your past—getting through with God’s miraculous intervention—will give you greater confidence to face today’s worry. Wasting nothing, God will use every hardship, every bruise in your life to strengthen your faith and train you in godliness. You will be ready for whatever today or tomorrow will bring.

Without You, Lord, I could never run a footrace with anyone, let alone race against a horse. You are my strength and help. You are my inspiration and the unfailing source of my courage. All of these words about enduring and being strong are just so much talk unless You are under me, over me, beside me, and within me.