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The Hardship of Soldiering

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

(2 Timothy 2:3 KJV)



I read not very long ago the testimony of a man who had joined the Marines solely because of a parade he attended as a teen.  He watched them as they marched by in their uniforms and listened as the women around him swooned at the very sight of this group of young men who looked so sharp, clean, and put together.  At the end of the parade, the Marines had set up a recruiting booth, so the teen immediately signed up.


He would soon learn however that what he saw at the parade was not a true representation of the Marine Corps.  Is a matter of fact, in his four years, he never did attend a parade, nor did he ever wear the uniform that had enticed him to join in the first place.  He did however endure many hardships and dealt with a lot of adversity. 


A Danish Philosopher named “Soren Kierkegaard” once said that “there are a lot of parade-ground Christians, but few who are willing to do battle for Christ and his kingdom.” Another author said, “When it comes to doing battle for the Lord, too many church members are just sitting on the premises instead of leaning on the promises of God.”


True soldiers rarely if ever march in parades as they are too busy fulfilling the calling of their vocation.



Soldiers of Jesus Christ will indeed endure hardness, but they will also enjoy great victory.

Nothing can touch the Word of God. Not all the powers of earth and hell, men and devils combined, can ever move the Word of God. There it stands, in its own moral glory, in spite of all the assaults of the enemy, from age to age. 'For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.'“ ~C.H. Mackintosh