There’s an old Japanese proverb that says, ‘When you come out of the storm, you’re not the same person that went into the storm.’ If we allow them to, our storms forever change us—for the better.
The early church discovered this when James was taken by the authorities. James was one of the original apostles, so the church was lax. Instead of leaning on God, they assumed James was untouchable…until he was executed. When Peter was later seized, the church woke up. They knew they couldn’t make the same mistake. They had to pray, they had to press into God and do battle.