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Difficult and Miraculous

Just because God calls and empowers you to do something doesn't mean it won't be HARD. It may get a lot harder before it makes sense. It's a grave mistake to think that just because God calls you to do something, He'll make sure it's easy to accomplish.

God used Moses to free the Israelites from 400 years of slavery. They left Egypt with wealth. They were led into a land flowing with milk and honey to live in houses they didn't build and reap a harvest they didn't plant. However, in the process they encountered brutal slave drivers. Death and destruction were all around them. They were chased by horses and chariots into the sea. Driven into the wilderness, they were hungry and thirsty, living as nomads for 40 years.

There were tremendous miracles too. Both things, the difficult and the miraculous, were important for them. God didn't call them to "easy". He called them to obedience, and there were rewards along the way. Look at the whole of Scripture. Which person does the Bible mention who had an easy time fulfilling the calling God placed on their life? Hosea? Paul? John the Baptist? Mary the mother of Jesus? The answer is NONE. Every single one of them encountered plenty of trouble along the way.

The thing we have to note when we look at their lives is that God was with them. When God calls you to do something, it's your job to obey. The results are up to Him. He gives His full armor as protection, but that offers protection to your soul. Your body may still suffer.

There is peace in the difficulty. There is true fellowship with Christ when we suffer. It's a false gospel that teaches that as Christians who serve God with our whole hearts we will be protected from difficulty. If you hear someone preaching that to you, it's time to walk away.

Philippians 3:8-11 says, "Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead."

If you're in the middle of something breathtakingly hard, praise God in advance for the victory. Get your eyes on Jesus so the waves don't overtake you. The way I do that is through praise and worship. Worship God for who He is, for every good thing you can think of, and watch Him move on your behalf.

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