Tests Before Trials
"If thou hast run with the footman, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" JEREMIAH 12:5
God allows lesser tests to prepare us for greater trials. The question is asked: "If you cannot fight successfully men on foot, in a safe environment, how can you expect to battle successfully with fierce warriors on horses, on the dangerous banks of the swelling Jordan?"
There is a great spiritual lesson here. If you are going to "cop-out" on every little test sent your way to prepare you in the skill of battle and resistance, how will you survive the trial that is coming on this age? How can you go through the fire when you flee even from the spark of conflict? Never pray to be delivered from your fiery test. God promised a way of escape through it, that you might bear it, thereby gaining strength and combat knowledge in this warfare against Satan.
The lesser tests in life will not make you immune to great trials, but they do serve the same purpose as the bear and lion played in David's life - to prepare one to meet with giants!
LESSON: Old soldiers of the Cross neither die nor fade away. They go from strength to strength, which means from test to test and victory to victory!
by David Wilkerson
Source: "I'm Not Mad at God"