Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle (Psalm 144:1).
David was a man skilled in war. From his days as a shepherd boy to the days of serving in Saul's army to leading his own army, David learned to be a skillful warrior. How does one become a skillful warrior?
The only way one can become a skillful warrior is to be trained and placed in the middle of the battle. It is only when we are placed in the furnace of battle that we truly learn to fight the real battles. Practice doesn't make you battle ready. War games won't prepare you for facing your real enemy in the battlefield. It is the stark reality of being in the midst of the battle that makes us effective warriors.
Reading your Bible alone will not make you a warrior for the kingdom. Knowledge without experience is mere folly. Only when you are placed in situations where the only thing that can save you is God alone will you learn the lessons of warrior faith. This is the training ground of God. To make you into a soldier for Christ in the marketplace. It is suicidal faith. It is when your efforts alone can do nothing to change your circumstance and you are at the mercy of God. These are the real training grounds of God. Do not shrink back from the battle that God may be leading you to today. It may be a training ground that is necessary for the calling He has on your life.
If you can trust Him in these times, you'll know that you have gained a faith that will move mountains and will sustain you in the most difficult of circumstances. Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.