(Pro 24:10 KJV) If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
We all experience times of “distress” (6869a). This word works back to a root that means squeezed or confined. It would imply any kind of situation that seems to make life close in on you and limit your freedom of action. I am sure you can think of something along those lines.
Accept that difficult times will happen. Not only does the Bible not guarantee smooth sailing it often presents the inevitability of persecution if we are true to righteousness. Don’t assume that God is punishing you. It may be that He is recognizing that your are living in obedience. The evil people around you also recognize it and respond accordingly.
We need to prepare for those times. This is where discipline comes in. Armchair quarterbacks are not athletes. They cannot expect to have the stamina, strength or endurance that is necessary when the championship is on the line. That is for those who have not been “slack” (7503).
So? Daily worship, prayer, reading and obedience should be in your training schedule if you want to compete in the Eternity Games. Start now.