When God calls you to do something for Him – full-time or part-time – and you accept the call on your life and step out; you do so in faith. You will not know all the things that are going to happen to you or through you to others. You are usually clueless about the obstacles and difficulties you will encounter. You simply believed God and stepped out in faith. Like Abraham, you know where the start point is (you are standing in it) but have yet to find out where the destination is or what it looks like – or even the path to get there. One step at a time. Faith – trusting God.
Some believe that if you are doing God’s will and walking in your calling – that everything will work out smoothly. You will see doors open supernaturally, you will prosper and always have all financial needs of the ministry met plus extra. Slogans like “When God guides, He supplies” are common in these circles of believers.
Here is what I have found after 40 years of ministry (I preached my first sermon in 1968)… In my personal experience, I have found that whenever I step out in obedience to do something that God told me to do, all hell breaks loose.
Reminds me of the pastor who was standing at the back of the Church on a Sunday shaking hands with his parishioners. One felLa came up to him and said: “I’m going through Hell, pastor.” To which the pastor responded: “Great – don’t stop!” Good advice for all believers as they walk out the call on their lives – “keep going”.
Often when we step out in faith to fulfill the will of God things can be or become tough. Ministry is no picnic. In fact, being a Christian is not for wimps. It can be and often is very difficult and trying. Some times you just wish the Lord would take you home … but then there is that great verse in the story of Moses: “This too shall pass”. So, we hang on and watch God move on our behalf and we find ourselves breaking through and moving forward – only to be faced by another obstacle.
As I studied the life of Paul this summer this is what I see in this man’s life – one difficulty after another, one riot after another, one close escape from death after another. He is, at times, in need of food, clothing and shelter and at other times all of this is there in abundance supplied by the government whose prison he sits in. Yet, at all times, he was walking out God’s will in his life and fulfilling his calling – running his race, as he puts it, in such a way as to win the prize.
So, if all hell seems to be breaking out and coming against you. Rejoice. It may be a sign that you are doing God’s will and doing it well – because you are making the devil nervous and so he is throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at you.
If your walk with the Lord leaves you calm and cool at all times– no ruffled feathers or difficult situations being faced – then maybe, just maybe, you have missed a turn in the road and are wondering off on your own and have missed God’s will for your life at this point in time.
God never promised us happiness – just righteousness. And, it is during the struggles that we learn to be totally dependant upon God and grow more into His likeness as we learn patience and long-suffering, endurance and self-control.