Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Why can't things just be easy?

We all like easy don't we? We may not admit it, but we like comfortable living. We begin to assume we are doing something wrong when we go through hard times and things don't get better...but worse.

I've prayed a lot over the years for things to just be easier. Or at least ONE thing to come easy. There were days everything felt hard-EVERYTHING. Nothing went right. I woke up with tears mingled with prayers and fell asleep the same.

Why can't things just be easy?

I've been convicted of praying for an easy, comfortable life. As a Christian I can read my Bible and see easy is not a theme woven throughout. Hard love is.

I want my nice things, with easy people, comfortable income. But I've been asking myself, and maybe it's because I've found myself in the old testament a lot lately ( which I love), why? Why do I want easy and comfortable aka safe?

There's nothing in the Bible that says our lives will or are meant to be any of those things.

Suffering brings us to God. It's not fair and it doesn't feel right but it can be holy in the hands of God.

I ask God to lead me out of my suffering and then grumble and complain the entire way because I thought when I got what I wanted it would be easy and better. God doesn't take the easy, straight path. He usually takes us the long way round. As we witness His hand on our lives, we know He's our Father and protector.  We get a first-row seat to miracles.

We are shallow people who will always turn to the safest and less painful way. For thousands of years, God has been showing us the way to deep and lasting life is the hard way through.

Getting uncomfortable, loving hard and "dangerous" people, outcasts, staying put when we want to run, doing the hard work of healing when it's easier to live hurt, being ok with just enough and trusting God for your enough (so hard!), will do deep transforming work in our lives.



As a society, we've bought into this lie that God wants us all to be prosperous and happy.

Wrong.

God wants us holy. God needs us to know Him and what His word says. To live like we know Him and obey His word. He wants us to live like we are His beloved's because we are. He cherishes His children and adores us.

We medicate to numb the pain. We've created idols to take the place of truth because it rubs against our happy places and we don't want to hear it.

Over and over we see the cycle. When we make ourselves the gods, we head for destruction.

The Jews wanted easy, they wanted a king to set up shop and put the haters in their place. To save them from persecution. THEY WANTED THE GOOD LIFE. THEY WANTED EASY!

But that's not what Jesus did.  He didn't promise things would get easier, but he did promise a gift, the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). And He knew they would be persecuted and hated (Matt 24:9; 10:22).

Suffering creates warriors.

The warriors know that the suffering and the battles will not end until the day they die. Easy and comfortable are not our callings. Hard love is.

We won't always be accepted or popular or look hot and flashy, but the deep that is in us will attract.

The peace and healing we have found that keeps us moving forward will be a force that won't be stopped. Others will want it too and the fire of the Lord will spread. The time has come for us to stop asking for easy and to just trust Him with our suffering and broken hearts.

Will we just trust Him? 

Lord, forgive me for the times I've begged for an easier way...I ask you to prepare me for whatever lays ahead of me.


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