It’s fairly common sense that exercise makes us physically stronger. If we never strain against an opposing force, our muscles can’t gain strength. The same is true for our faith muscles. If we never come face-to-face with a challenge, we never experience the power of exercising God’s strength in our lives. Hardship isn’t fun. Most of the time, i want to avoid it. But when I look back, I discover the most trying times in my life were also the most growing times. Endurance comes through testing. If you’re facing a difficult time right now, stand firm–God will use this time to develop your faith muscles.