When God calls you to your destiny,
He shows you the end result. He shows you the “vision” of what it is He’s calling you to. Often at first we are so full of passion and zeal to go at it like a gladiator running into the arena to face their opponent. But what happens when you get into the center of that arena only to find that your opponent is stronger, faster, mightier and more experienced than you? What happens when the unexpected happens?
When God told Abram that he would be the father of many nations He didn’t show him that he would have to wait until he was almost a hundred years old when he would have his “child of promise”. When God told Noah that a flood would come He didn’t tell him he would be scoffed at by his family and peers for nearly a hundred years before the first drop of rain would fall! When Jesus called Saul to the ministry He didn’t show him that he would be shipwrecked, beaten, jailed, and bitten by a rattlesnake!
Why is it that when God calls us to our destiny, we seem to think that we will NOT have to suffer? Paul said in Hebrews 5:8 of Jesus Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered! This word obedience in the Greek is the word Hupakoe which means,
1. obedience, compliance, submission
2. obedience rendered to anyone’s counsels, an obedience shown in observing the requirements of Christianity
When Christ submitted to The Father’s plan for His life He submitted to the suffering involved as well.
Paul said also in
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for * the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
The Word of God also tells us in Philippians
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy
Paul also said in
2 Co 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
You see that when we are on that road to destiny we cannot think that it will be without opposition, trial and suffering some things, however we do find that “place of trust” in the “valleys”. The word of God tells us that Jesus is called “the lily of the valley”. This would imply that the valley is where He reveals Himself to us in this way… not on the mountain top! We learn that God’s grace is sufficient in the valley; we find that God’s provision is revealed so sweetly in the valley and we learn to be more intimate with Christ in the valley! The Lord also endows us with supernatural strength when we are weak. The joy of the Lord is truly our strength and we should count it all strength when we face opposition, because it’s for our transition into the next level of glory for our lives.
Besides, I truly believe that if God were to show us all the “mess” in the middle of our destination, we wouldn’t want to go through it, we would cave in and quit.
I would rather be like Paul when all is said and done …
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
2 Tim 4
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
I’m going to run til I finish! Will you?