God’s answer is not always what I expect it to be. He challenges me to take the straight and narrow road. The hard road. He tells me to do things that I can’t do on my own. Or I’m afraid to do.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14(KJV)
It’s hard to do things God’s way when we want to tell our husbands what to do and God tells us to be quiet. Or when we think we should quit and God tells us to stick it out. Or when God challenges us to visit someone that we rather never talk to again.
God’s ways often challenge us to do something that we wouldn’t dream of doing on our own.
I think life is pretty boring without God’s challenges. I’m realizing that God is adventurous and He is helping me be brave through Him. I’m limited in my own understandings and life around me stays the same when I don’t accept His challenges. God calls us to step into the unknown and there He will reveal himself.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9(KJV)
I’m homeschooling my kids and last year I got fed up with online public school. It wasn’t for my kids or me. We were playing it safe. We thought that we needed a structured curriculum that was approved by the state. During that time my kids were struggling with the material and I was bored with the content.
I finally let God challenge me when I reached the end of my rope. He told me to set our family free from the traditional educational system and go a different route with a newer curriculum. Now we are successful and happy. God promised me that He would help me find material that would work best for my kids and He did.
Because of this change I have more confidence in my ability to educate! I don’t need the public school system to tell me how to teach my kids. Instead I need God’s challenges to shape me into the homeschooling mom that He has called me to be.
Your challenge may be different than mine. He has a different plan for each one of us. But He desires for us to grow in faith. He wants us to trust Him wholeheartedly.
God doesn’t always answer us the way we want Him to. But we can trust that He will give us the answer we need.