Tuesday, November 9, 2010

God's Will is Not Always Easy

“We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large…we can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are. All the people we saw there are of great size" (Numbers 13:27-28).

When the children of Israel reached the promised Land they encountered giants, opposition, and conflict. This was the place of God’s will, but it wasn’t what they were expecting. There were grapes there, but there were also giants. There was abundance, but there was also opposition. They thought God's will would be easy.

It wasn’t.

A lot of people consider opposition to be sign that they must not be in the will of God. We tend think that God’s will is all blessings, easy street, power steering, and lots of money. But God’s will often brings battle, opposition, personal struggles, and enemies. In fact, these challenges can actually be a sign that you are IN God’s will and in the right place.

In other words, being in God’s will doesn’t guarantee a tension-free job. Or a conflict-free marriage. Or a trouble-free life. Or a ministry that is free from opposition. What’s important is that you maintain your confidence when circumstances are not ideal. It means you stay there and see it through. It means you maintain your testimony. It means you endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3).

Nobody ever receives the fullness of God’s blessings if they refuse to enter the Promised Land just because they want to avoid the conflict that lies ahead. Instead, they end up wandering aimlessly through a desert in the land of want. Running from the struggle has cost a lot of people God’s best for their life.

Another sign that you’re in God’s will is the fact that you can actually “overcome” these challenges. With God all things are possible, and He’s not going to lead you to a place that you are not destined to overcome. And the reward you will reap for sticking it out will be much greater the challenges you are facing.

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