Life is Hard

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Blog

Life is filled with difficult circumstances. Everyday presents a different challenge or obstacle. Many of these situations could be avoided, as they are the direct result of sin; however, each unique circumstance can result in a growing dependence upon Jesus Christ. So, avoidance of sin is good, but avoiding life’s difficulties by cocooning in a comfortable corner only leads to spiritual immaturity.

The avoidance of difficult situations often characterizes people I encounter. While this does not mean that they are successful in avoiding all difficulties, it does mean that their economy of decision-making is not based upon bringing glory to God through faith in Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:31—“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all the glory of God.”—is a passage that should dictate how decisions are made. Instead, it would seem, decisions are made based off of a principle that reads more like this; “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for your comfort and ease.” Decisions are rendered based upon what will result in the most comfortable, most enjoyable, and most secure path. Ease, joy, and security can be relatively defined according to various contexts, but it is clear that this decision-making is not based off of the economy of the gospel of God or off of seeking God’s glory.

So, rather than praying for ease and comfort sprinkled with happiness and security of circumstance, pray that God’s will be done. This means accepting the fact that this prayer will result in suffering and trial. When praying for God’s will to be done, as Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew 6:10, is a prayer for God’s revealed will to be done. Praying God’s will be done involves obeying what he has revealed and warring against the world and those who are in the world, including your own fleshly desires. This can only be a recipe for trouble, trouble that the Scripture promises for those who follow Jesus, (Matt 10:34-39; John 15:20; Rom 8:17; 2 Tim 3:12, etc.)

Honest prayer for God’s will to be done is a fearful thing, as it means making difficult decisions that might not grant the ease, joy, and security of circumstance that might be desired. Genuinely desiring and praying for God’s will to be done is a slave’s dependent act for the wisdom to think, feel, and live in the most difficult circumstances in life.

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