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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.