Sometimes the only way to advance the Kingdom is to push.
The more I struggle to understand what it means to be a parent, the more I realize just what God goes through. When I look at my own parents I realize they held me to high expectations, not because they were being “controlling” or “demanding” but because they knew I had more potential in me then even I realized.
We don’t really want a God; we want a super powerful Santa Claus.
It’s the same with God. He knows how much we can grow. How much we can handle. And sometimes to bring out our full potential, we need to work really hard.
There are things more important to God than giving us an easy life.
This is clearly seen in the Bible. God has always been more interested in our relationship with him than in our sacrifices (for Jews) or following a bunch of rules (for Christians). But we can’t seem to get that through our heads. We keep trying “harder” to please God, when that misses the whole point.
When God gives us something hard to do (like telling Hosea to marry a prostitute) we change not just ourselves, but the world.
You can’t find a story in the Bible where something amazing wasn’t experienced when hard tasks were done. You can’t find a friend who has been obedient to God, who hasn’t grown. You can’t find lives changed when we, as Christians, do the hard thing.
What else can you make that claim about?
So when God comes to you and says, “I have something hard for you to do.” Don’t fight him. Instead, say, “how can I do it?” And then go and do it.