But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings.
Philippians 1:29-30 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%201:29-30&version=NKJV )
Often new Army recruits anticipate “boot camp” with deserved apprehension. They get through it by believing the advice of those who have gone before: “You can do anything for ten weeks.” When it’s over, they proudly tell others, “It wasn’t so bad.”
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In the moment, many things seem “bad.” But in hindsight, the fact that one endures the discomfort pays an immediate benefit: It equips us for the future. From that perspective, the pain of the past becomes a blessing because we have personally seen God’s faithfulness and His strength working in us. If we had strength to endure then , we know we will have strength when …. The writer to the Hebrews exhorted his readers to “recall the former days in which … you endured a great struggle with sufferings” (Hebrews 10:32). The key word in that exhortation is “endured.” Yes, they no doubt suffered and experienced pain for Christ’s sake. But they were blessed by God’s faithfulness and were thus prepared for the future.
As you look to the future, remember God’s faithful blessings in your past.
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.
By David Jeremiah.