Somedays I find myself asking why life has to be so difficult. I suppose in some ways I find myself falling for the “health, wealth and prosperity” only false teaching. Take a look at what HANK (Hebrew Author Not Known) wrote:
32–38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets.… Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.
39–40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.
—Hebrews 11:32-40 (MSG)
Sometimes I confuse “easy” with “joy.” The men HANK has written about were full of joy, won victories and were amazing costars in the work God has done in this world and among His people. None of it was easy.
Courage requires risk, not recklessness.
Embracing risk is what makes the difference between a disciple and a “Christian.”
I choose to follow the hero’s in the faith hall of fame. The Kingdom is worth risk and risk requires courage.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a ishare in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion]. —Matthew 11:12 (AMP)