The biggest misconception about following God is that it will be easy. We want to believe that, if we are doing the right thing, then things will go smoothly for us. Maybe we will avoid some of the hardships others must face. If you have walked this faith journey for any length of time, however, you know that “easy” is not usually one of the stops on the way.
The thing is, Christ doesn’t even pretend that it will be easy.
In this world, you will have troubles… – John 16:33
Troubles…that is what we are promised. And, yet, aren’t we so surprised when something in our lives goes awry?
We have a real enemy who walks among us. Satan roams around seeking to steal, kill and destroy. And, let’s be honest, sometimes he gets some pretty good licks in. Jobs are lost. Relationships are broken. Dreams are destroyed. This broken, fallen earth? It’s Satan’s playground for sure.
But Christ did not leave us with you will have troubles…
In this world, you will have troubles. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
Christ is bigger than the problems of this world…even the really big ones. We have to take off the rose-colored glasses, however, when we follow Him. If we confuse the Christian walk with a life of ease, then we are too easily shaken when the storms of life show up.
Instead, when facing struggles of any kind, we can say to ourselves…Christ has overcome. Christ has overcome.
And, because we know He has overcome, we can follow Him through the fire.
Often, Christ leads us down the rocky road…not the smoothly paved path. It’s just His way. And His way is good…not safe or easy…but good.