Exercise is not my favorite thing to do, especially when I am learning a new routine. Initially these new routines produce muscle fatigue and great pain. I cannot stand pain! In time, the exercise that seemed difficult becomes easier. Then, the time comes when I need a new exercise to strengthen me in a new area. The process and pain begin again.

It is easier for me to accept this reality with exercise, but more challenging to acknowledge in life. I have been stretched by God through adversities and said to Him, “Hey God, this hurts! Can I take a break please?” The reprieve doesn’t come automatically. Just as exercise strengthens my muscles, adversity strengthens my faith in God. His perspective and purpose in these moments supersedes my temporary discomfort.

Every moment that occurs in life will not be comfortable.

Every moment that we face will not be “good” from our viewpoint.

God never promised us a problem-free life. He did promise that He could use our pain and turn it into goodness. Know that every moment of stretching, discomfort, or pain will be used to develop you. There will come a time when you look at momentary testing as preparation points for the purpose you are meant to fulfill.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28, HCSB).

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