As much as you would hate to admit it, that is the truth. When we set our hearts to follow God no matter what, a HUGE price is paid. We suffer in our bodies, emotions, finances, families, friends and ministry. Our obedience to God touches every part of who we are.
Most times that touch brings great fulfillment, but other times it just…Sucks! In the heat of the battle, we are wounded, grow weary or see those dear to us suffer because we must follow God’s voice makes life very difficult. Even to the point of questioning should we go on.
If you know not of what I speak, I dare say you have never heard the voice of God. When God speaks and calls us to great things, pain is always a part of the calling. It was for…Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus & Paul. It will certainly be so for us!
Abraham– Leaving home when old, waiting for God for years! = Sucks
Moses– Wandering in the desert, but not going into the land = Sucks
David– Having a son rise against you and take your kingdom = Sucks
Jesus– Following God, betrayed by a friend, and falsely accused= Sucks
Paul– Being hated by those who once called you friend, and put in prison= Sucks
So what do we do…”For the Joy that is set before us…WE ENDURE!” We Arise and Shine, for the Glory of the Lord has risen on us. We see our momentary light afflictions as part of our crown, and we press in with joy! Joy? In the midst of the “Suckiness” yes! That is our calling.
Are you in a place right now that just sucks? Even though you know you are following God?