One thing I can tell you about doing God’s will. It’s not always easy, as a matter of fact sometimes it’s downright hard. About now, you’re probably thinking, “Buy this guy a dictionary, because clearly he doesn’t know what encouragement means. Oh yes, I do, but in this word of encouragement, I have to confront another lie:
“If God’s in it, it will be easy.”
or the variation, “If it’s difficult, God’s not in it.”
I have heard these things over and over again. This lie is born out of discouragement, but it also feeds to more discouragement. Not only are you having difficulties, but people are telling you those difficulties mean God has left the building. Nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, this line of thinking tells us that people like Paul and JESUS, were outside the blessing and will of God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Both of these people demonstrate for us the power of persevering with God in spite of circumstances. Both paid the ultimate price to do the will of God.
Most of us will never have to pay that price for our faith. Instead we get to come up against hardships and difficulties and make the decision to press on with God. Let me say it this way, just because God is in it does not mean it will be easy, as a matter of fact if everything you do in the Kingdom is easy, may I suggest you may not be stretching yourself enough and settling for less that God’s best for your life. The difficulties of our missions are often a gift from God, because it is those things that remind us where our real strength comes from. Believers need to be dependent on God rather than our own abilities.
God never promised any of this would be easy, but, and here comes the encouragement, He promised to be with us through it all. He promised never to leave nor forsake us and He promised that He who began a good work in us will carry it through to completion in the day of Christ Jesus. In other words, He started it, He will finish it and He will walk with us and help us.
Remember when Jesus told us in Matthew 11, “28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” This yoke image is huge. A yoke was a device used in farming where two oxen would be placed side by side and used to pull a heavy load. So there you are, pulling the heavy load of your calling. You have a passion for it, you have skills and abilities, but you never thought it would be this big or this heavy. So you follow this command. Your burden is heavy, but you go to Jesus and he gently leads you into the yoke of Jesus, but you only are able to fill one side. You look over and to your surprise Jesus places his head into the other side. Now you have the one who made the universe pulling by your side. Guess what happens. Your burden lightens. You still have to pull, and it still isn’t always easy, but there is a power far greater than your own, making things work.
Are you yoked with Jesus or are you trying to pull this thing all by yourself? Help is on the way. Be encouraged. Submit to Jesus and He will help you. It may not be easy, but it will be good.