Doing Things the Hard Way

Often we find in scripture people given the opportunity to know God and enjoy the benefits of a relationship with God.  It is not often, however, that we find those same people trusting God enough to obey him and experience the blessings God has for them.  It is sad to realize that in the 14 chapters we have studied thus far the vast majority of people have insisted on doing things their own way rather than humbling themselves before their creator and loving him.

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:12-14).  As we noted today, God is going to fulfill his promises one way or the other.  He deeply desires to work through people who trust him enough to cooperate with his plans, however, he will also work through non-cooperative people.

“We can do this the easy way or the hard way.”   So far most people we have read about choose the hard way.  What about us?  Will we get on board with God and his plans for our lives and our church?  Or, will insist that we know a better way?  God’s upper story plan is marching on to completion.  He will work his will with or without us.  But he really, really wants us to trust and obey him so that our lower story living is a testimony to his goodness and mercy.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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2 Responses to “Doing Things the Hard Way”

  1. avatar Israel says:

    Didn’t He he once use a donkey to proclaim His word?

  2. avatar Lisa Thompson says:

    Byron,
    I really appreciate your comments this morning and especially the reading from the Psalms. I felt it was very appropriate and relevant to the recent tragic events. As I have grown older, I have come to realize that there are so many things that I will never understand. I will have to wait until I see Jesus to have the answers to so many of my questions, but I am also at peace knowing that God is the one in charge and that all things will be made clear in the end.
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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