If you choose to enter the military, individuals must complete boot camp, also known as basic training. Depending upon which branch of the armed services and career path you select, skills vary as basic combat training is followed by advanced individual training. For those who survive phase one, soldiers must complete their service time before moving on to college, a professional career or accept another tour of duty. Without these training days, the military would be unprepared for Murphy Law like scenarios.
And after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus, Acts 9:19.
Training days aren’t limited to the military. Prior to his missionary journeys, Paul spent several days with the disciples. Steeped in Judaism, this apostle needed to adjust his mindset, poisoned by the false stereotypes he developed about Jesus. While the details of these training days are absent, I’m assuming Paul participated in a Q & A with those who knew Jesus best. Once Paul was able to connect the dots in the Old Testament leading to Jesus, he was ready for action.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Most people have endured the school of hard knocks. This school doesn’t need a recruiter. Rather, candidates are chosen through a series of trials placed in their lives. Depending upon how you handle and react to these unfortunate events will determine if you pass or fail. When the rubber hits the road, how will these training days shape you? As you experience any trauma, don’t forget to apply God’s Word to help you overcome any painful situations that you face.
by Jay Mankus