“A Christian Misunderstanding”
by Harold Lee Wilson II
There is a common misconception in the Christian church, one that has caused many people to lose their faith and fall from their path. This misunderstanding may be a result of the teachings of pastors or Sunday School teachers. Or, it could be a result of personal hopes and expectations of the Christian faith. Or, it may be simple blindness of the truth of life.
Whatever the reason, the misconception comes from faith. FAITH MAKES THINGS POSSIBLE, NOT EASY. I once believed that by having faith in Jesus, I could not only do anything (as per Phil. 4:13), but that it would be easy for me to do. I mean, I have the power of the Most High on my side…how could I fail? (I have come to learn that many people have fallen under this falsehood).
Faith is the access route to get to the road you are trying to reach. Faith will ALLOW you and even GUIDE you to accomplishing something in life, but it will not clear all things from your path to help you get there. What would be the benefit of accomplishing a goal if there was no struggle or setbacks? What would you really have gained from the experience? What would you have learned?
We all want life to be easy and awesome. We want to be able to do what we want to do when we want to do it. We want to find the path of least resistance in order to live a happy, joyful life. But, where is the happiness in accomplishing something with a thought? Where is the joy when there was no challenge in the first place?
Faith is great. It is the basis of everything Christianity stands for. But, there is no place in the Word where you will find it saying, “Through faith, everything in life will be a piece of cake”, or whatever terms you wish to use. Instead, the Bible teaches us that God gives us the ability (not the easy path) to overcome obstacles, skirt problems, conquer naysayers, defeat depressions, hurtle over hatreds, let go of loss, and find a valiant victory in Christ.
When your faith is low, ask yourself a simple question: Am I down because I have failed, or because I thought I could easily complete the task and it was hard? If you have truly failed, well, you have Someone very happy to pick you back up and help you try again. But, if you have found the task to be more difficult than you thought it would be, reassess your reasons for trying to succeed in the task, and rethink your strategy to victory. There is obviously a reason you were not successful the first time around. What could it be?
Oh, and never say you don’t have enough faith. If you believe, that is more than enough for God.
May God bless you and keep you in all that you do. Until next time! 🙂