I always thought before if you were on the right path, things would go smooth. That if God wanted to open the doors for you, He would make a way and it would be smooth.
As I have grown in my walk, however, this has not proven true. Much to my dismay.
I know I’m on the right path, why is it hard?
There are certain things, like the move we are doing right now. Fifteen years ago God called me to go start a homestead. To learn to live off the land and grow what I could to survive.
I have known all this time I needed to go. As time has gone on, the more urgent this call has become.
I pushed forward in spite of many who said we were crazy. We continued to pray and knew that we were doing what is right.
Trials and testing
It started a couple months before we moved. My father in law offered us free rent for a year if we stayed instead. That was a huge temptation.
We prayed and the urgency to leave continued. So we pressed on. Without our family’s blessing.
Then one thing after another happened. We started having problems with our vehicles.
The truck we just bought? The one we had to take a loan out for? The engine died on a car trip.
We had two tire blowouts in the last week. They bent the spare putting it on and we couldn’t get it off.
So many tests. So many things that go wrong. Yet, I know this is still the right path.
Why does God make things hard?
The short answer is He doesn’t. Sometimes.
Sometimes He allows testing. He wants to make sure we are obedient in spite of worldly challenges. Do we put our trust in Him? Or in men?
Other times it is the enemy attempting to take us off the path. To convince us this difficult path is not from God.
These are all reasons we need to be sure who’s voice we hear.
My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me (John 10:27, ESV)
When we know the Messiah, when we are abiding with Him in spirit and truth, we hear Him clearly and know who’s voice is speaking. That is the only thing that helps me when these trials come.
Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2–4, ESV)
These trials are a tool that the Most High uses to teach us, to grow us into the people who are worthy to be called by His name. Though they are difficult, they are a blessing. Without them, we would not be able to grow. Without them, we would not be able to be sanctified into a holy people.
There will be more trials
The world is not getting easier for believers. More and more trials will come. They will be harder and harder.
The better we get at handling the trials now, when there is less at stake, the easier it will later when the stakes are much higher.
These times of testing, though hard and frustrating, they are the training for the real tests. They are the way we build our spiritual muscles.
Continue to push forward. Stay safe in the arms of the Father, you will find your strength. It won’t be easy. But you will have a reward when it is all said and done.