It’s a terrible possibility to consider. Yet, halfway through my sixth decade, I reluctantly accept it to be true.
In the Introduction to their excellent book, Men of Courage, the authors make this uncomfortable assertion:
…spiritual manhood has more to do with continuing to function in spite of difficulties than with successfully overcoming them. We believe that God’s Spirit is less interested in telling us how to get our lives together, and more concerned with stirring – in the middle of our ongoing difficulties – our passion for Christ.
They go on to say that they don’t believe the Bible provides a plan for making life work the way we think it should as much as it offers a reason to keep on going when it doesn’t.
Hard truth. Yet truth nonetheless. We’d much prefer God to help us overcome our difficulties rather than simply continue to function in spite of them. Everything within us wants a plan to follow so that life turns out the way we want it to.
But that’s generally not God’s way. He wants us to move toward Him in both relationship and dependence – and that generally doesn’t happen when life is easy or goes according to our plans. If you’re still wrestling with God over the way you think life should go, let me encourage you to lay down your expectations, accept what He’s allowed, and move closer to Him – difficulties and all. –Dave
…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.. (Hebrews 10:22)
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