Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s not God!!!
There is this theology of “easy” that I tend to subscribe to. If a situation is hard, then it must not be God. Because (here’s the rational), if God opens up a door, then it won’t be hard to walk through the door.
Unfortunately, theology is not always true.
For example, recently my wife and I have been in the process of purchasing a home. And man, this has been a hard process. When you finally think it’s over, the seller makes an obscure request, the banks adds 5 more steps, the amounts of money can seem overwhelming. So my wife was concerned. With all of these challenges, maybe, since it’s been so hard we started to wonder if this decision was God’s will.
I think we’ve all considered it at some point.
Maybe, you’ve taken a role in full-time ministry. It’s not for the money, but it’s been tough making ends meet financially.
Or you recently started a church, and you’ve got 20 people showing up for service. Your probably wondering “Did I hear from God”?
Or maybe you’ve got a mortgage to pay, but the offerings are low? What do you do?
These are hard situations. But because something is hard does not mean it’s not God. Or that it’s not good for you.
In fact, sometimes difficult is good.
Ok, maybe you need to reread that. Sometimes difficult is good. And sometimes difficult is God.
Here are 3 reasons why hard is good…
- Hard makes you creative…
When you face a situation that is difficult even immovable – it forces you to think differently. When you can’t run through a wall, you’ve got to figure out how to get around it. It takes creativity to solve a problem without throwing money at it.
Here’s a challenge – take a situation you might be facing, and don’t just throw money at it. Spend some time thinking about it.
- Hard grows your faith muscle…
When things are hard, my tendency (maybe not yours) is to figure it out on my own. But recently, I’ve faced some issues that I could not figure out on my own. Instead, I had to believe God for it. Consider, what does God want you to believe him for? How is he trying to develop your spiritual muscle?
- Hard can signal success…
We all know that failure brings problems. But success can too. As a successful Pastor, you will still face challenges. In fact, I heard someone say higher levels brings higher devils. Chances are good the bigger your problems, the greater success you have and are already experiencing.
So hard might be good, but it ain’t easy. In order for you to succeed, you’ve got to be ready to stand firm on each of God’s promises. You also need to be determined to fight.
One last thing, just because something is hard doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. I’d love to help you – if you need help use the box below to sign up for a free coaching call.