The fear of hardship or loss of happiness over being willing to know and do God’s will increases our hardship a thousand times if not more. Such hardship comes by our own hands; so we should not blame God.
The children of Israel wandered in circles in the wilderness around Mount Zion for eighty years. Moses could not enter the earthly promised land. Jonah was swallowed up into stench, slime, and digestive juices, and taken to depths beyond what was ever thought possible, then barfed up onto a beach to clean up and try again. How did their fear of hardship, loss, and the resulting refusal to surrender to God work out? These events only begin the many many examples of such fear, rebellion, and the results in God’s manual to life.
Our Father in Heaven. We find ourselves lying on a beach near where you had called for us to go. Your waves reach up to begin washing away the stench and pieces of death from the depths that cling. We cry out in praise for your deliverance from our self-imposed condition. You heard our cry from the bottom of the sea and now you wash us with waves on the beach. We plunge into your waves and scrub to remove the slime and infectious bacteria of our rebellion. We remove and stomp it out of our garments. We will seek the fresh water of your Holy Spirit for continued cleansing. We accept the sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus), the red blood of Your very own Son, which was spilled in place of ours to pay for our rebellion against You. We accept by accepting His way, truth, and life. Our sins are washed away.
Come now, and let’s reason together,” says Yahweh: “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land; if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured with the sword; for Yahweh’s mouth has spoken.”Isiah 1: 18 – 20
If you have not prayed such a prayer as the above, or have discontinued; for none have arrived at God’s perfection; please consider and do it. Are you willing to be willing to where Yahweh calls? Or are you still in the boat of unwillingness, inviting life-threatening storms to you and those surrounding you?
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”Matthew 11: 28,29
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid”.John 14; 27