We should take the opportunity in the time of peace to prepare ourselves for the time of suffering. Our minds need be trained that they may hold at bay the ravages of the hearts deceit in the times of trouble, lying to us, trying to convince us to relinquish our faith and turn to sin which may satisfy for the moment. We may, and must look at the times of peace as only a training period and a stage of equipping ourselves for the suffering which is promised us. We are to look forward to the dark clouds of providence while still in the moment of illuminating light, taking advantage of girding up our loins while we may yet see. For we must go through the dark that we may be taught to walk by faith and not by sight.