A whole lot.
I cannot remember the last time I bawled so much.
Recently, I was asked to do something that stretched me well beyond what I thought were my limits. After I got into it and went past the point of no return, I discovered how difficult and emotionally draining it was.
I couldn’t run away, but let me tell you what, I felt like it!
I know it was the will of the Lord for me to do it, but that didn’t make it easy.
Not at all.
I had to lean on God every step of the way to finish.
There were moments when I wanted to bolt as fast as I could and hide from it, but I didn’t. At one point, I wept so sorely, I was on the floor, in the fetal position, rocking myself.
It was intense.
It was also God-ordained.
I kept on pressing onward.
What I was going through wasn’t private either. There were others around me—not family and friends—who saw this process. That made it even tougher.
Have you ever gone through something publicly that you really wished you could keep close to the vest?
But again, God ordained it all, so I survived and I believe it will be worth every tear.
I will be able to reveal exactly what I’m talking about soon enough.
For now, I will share with you the lesson I extracted from it.
The fact that something is God’s will doesn’t make it easy; it just makes it possible.
Even though He is ordering your steps and has authorized a thing, that certainly does not mean the road you travel will be smooth.
There will be some rough spots, difficult transitions, uncomfortable delays and at times, seemingly overwhelming obstacles.
Yet, you can endure and go through with His help.
Knowing you are in His will is what should motivate, encourage, strengthen and inspire you to keep on moving ahead.
Will you ever wish it was easier to face life and handle the lot you have been dealt?
We all have felt that way at one point or another.
Still, difficulty and all, you have to keep your focus on the main thing, which is, remaining in alignment with the Father’s plan. You have to be willing to see it through to the end if you expect Him to see you through to the end.
In other words, don’t give up.
Think about something for a moment. If the absence of difficulty was the way to confirm that we were walking in divine purpose, how could we reconcile the sacrifice of Christ?
I mean, if that were the case, there is absolutely no way Jesus would have died a criminal’s death and been brutalized to take away our iniquity!
He endured unspeakable hardship for our benefit. His pain produced something so powerful, beautiful and irreversible.
Pain produces purpose.
So today, if you are going through a trying time and you feel pushed past your breaking point, don’t fear. God has it under control. He is with you, caring for you.
In fact, He has already given you everything you need to thrive.
Cry if you must, but don’t give up. Acknowledge the difficulty, while leaning on God’s strength.
Sometimes, we can feel pressured to pretend that we’re alright when we’re not. We slap on a plastic smile for everyone when we know we are going through something incredibly challenging.
God doesn’t want you to pretend. He merely wants you to comprehend that His plan is not without hardship and heartache. At the same time, nothing is too hard for Him to bring you through.
I often say, if He called you to it, He has anointed you to do it.
Furthermore, if He called you to it, if you want His will, you have to go through it.
No matter how fierce the battle, persevere. This is what it means to be a soldier for Christ.
To help you through, I’m stirring 2 Timothy 2:3 KJV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be emboldened to face hardship with confidence in God’s plan. You will not assume that God’s favor means absence of unfavorable conditions.
You will be reminded that His grace does not take away hard things, it fortifies you to walk through hard things and not be consumed.
When it gets hardest, remind yourself that He is causing all things to work for your good.
You will make it. You will thrive as long as you lean on His grace through the hard times.
Now let’s pray.
God, the troubles I’m facing are difficult to handle and yet, I know Your grace is sufficient. Thank You for Your strength and for the assurance that You have already empowered me to go through and come out victoriously in the end. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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