When It Gets Hard

Doing God's work

Well friends, the reason there was no post yesterday is simply that yesterday got away from me. Have you ever had a day where you woke up, got moving, and the next thing you know you are going to bed after a very busy day? That was my day yesterday.

Anyway, have you ever been hurt by someone or something, and that wasn’t the intention? You’re just hurt, and you know you shouldn’t be, but you are. There isn’t a thing that can be done, it’s the way it is at the moment and you’re not sure where this is going. Well, unfortunately, that’s how I’m feeling today.

But a thought occurred to me today. Sometimes, doing the work of God leads us through hard places. It could be hard because God is taking us out of our comfort zones, or it could be difficult because everyone you are supposed to work with wants to go in another direction.

So today, I turned to one of my favorite books in the Bible, Ephesians. In Chapter 3, Paul gives a prayer for spiritual growth for the Ephesian church. One verse struck me today, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more that we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT).

Do we understand this, my friends? We may have our wishes and opinions on what to do, but it is through God that it will be successful. If He doesn’t want it to succeed, He will stop it. But, if He chooses to support us, we will do more and with more success than we ever would have dreamed.

This isn’t a plea to trust in God because He makes you more successful than ever. What this is is a revelation to the Will of God. We cannot comprehend it. It is perfect. It is right. Everything works to accomplish it (the good and the bad). And it can hurt. But God is still there through the hurt. David writes, “Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.” (Psalm 32:10).

So if you come to a point where doing God’s work hurts, just know that He is still there with you. Hold on to Him, remain in prayer, and continue to praise Him. That’s the best thing we can do when life gets us down. I pray that this is helpful to someone else. But honestly I’m writing this more for me today.

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