Could God Be Making Your Life Difficult?

Could God Be Making Your Life Difficult

And the LORD multiplied the people of Israel until they became too mighty for their enemies.  Then he turned the Egyptians against the Israelites, and they plotted against the LORD’s servants.
                                                      Psalm 105:24-25 NLT

I think you need to ask yourself this question when things are starting to go haywire…

Could God Be Making Your Life Difficult?

Many people struggle with verses in the Bible like these.

getting too comfyPeople are comfortable when God does neat, explainable things, but not stuff like this.  It almost seems out of character for Him.

Unless you come at scripture with the foundational belief that God is good and He is working for the good of those who love Him; portions of scripture like this and seasons in your life will be misunderstood.

If God didn’t turn up the heat and cause the Egyptians to go fully against the Israelites they never would have left.  The truth is, the Egyptians had been against the Israelites for centuries.

slaves in eypt

Living as slaves in a foreign land had become so “normal” for the Israelites they stayed there for 400 years but it wasn’t where God wanted them.1  Sure they had to do all the tough back-breaking work of making bricks…sure they were second rate citizens…sure Pharaoh had executed a genocide of their male children, but they had food, homes and clothes.

The Israelites had been lulled into a complacency mindset of
“It’s OK, we’re getting by”
and forgot the promises of God.2

God wanted more for their lives and He wants more for your life.

Because of God’s good plans for your life, He

Have you been feeling a little uncomfortable lately?  Things not going right?  Could you be living with a “getting by” mindset?  Ask yourself:

Prayer

Father…I know you’re good.  I know you love me and have good plans for my life.  Let me wake up and discern the root of my problems to know if it’s You or the enemy at work.  May I not get stuck in complacency, accepting second best but to live in Your promises — Your best for my life!  In Jesus Name…Amen

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  1. Genesis 50:24-25
  2. Genesis 7:6, 35:11

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Comments(22)

  1. Deanna says

    Sherry,
    Great blog title. I think we all wonder about this from time to time. Some of us feel like we did something wrong or we arent’ worthy of his blessings, epecially when those difficulties feel like more than a season.
    Others can be raised in the homes that teach suffering now means glory later and that this life is meant to be nothing but struggle. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Deanna,
      Oh I feel sad when I hear that kind of teaching that doesn’t leave room for hope. I believe God only allows struggle so the coming glory of promises fulfilled to be sweeter, here in the “land of the living” and in Heaven. God has so much good for us. Praying you are encouraged today to believe God has great things in store for you!
      Be Blessed & Refreshed,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

      • Deanna says

        I have found some great blogs now that I have started one of my own. Enjoying the inspiration. I had originally looked up Holley Gerth because I received a copy of her book and have since found you, Sarah, and three others that I really enjoy. Thank you for inspiring!

        • Deanna says

          HAHAHA. What a small world. I just read that you have worked with John Maxwell. I love that guy. Met him twice, have signed copies of his books and have gone to three leadership conferences. He is amazing sauce and funny!

          • Sherry Stahl says

            Deanna, so funny. I took the John Maxwell Certification Course for Speaker/Trainer & Coaches. LOVED it more than I could ever say. His books, speaking and life have encouraged me for decades too. We have a lot in common girl 🙂
            ~Sherry

        • Sherry Stahl says

          Well that’s quite an honour to be included with those names Deanna! Have you joined Holley’s Linkup? It’s Wednesday mornings. Hope to see you there tomorrow 🙂
          ~Sherry
          xoxo

  2. Sarah Koontz says

    I love how you point out that slavery had become normal for the Israelites. Yes, it was difficult to feel the persecution of the Egyptions, but had they remained comfortable…they would have never left! God does the same with us from time to time, doesn’t he?

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Sarah,
      I’m convinced that staying comfortable is the enemy to seeing God’s promises fulfilled. Complacency kills! Praying you have a blessed day filled with hope.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  3. Amy says

    Great thoughts Sherry! I was actually just meditating on this whole idea this morning! And one thing I’m learning is that we learn, like REALLY learn (experience, not just head knowledge), SO much more about our God through the difficult stuff than we do when everything is going along smoothly and comfortably. Although hard, pain is a much greater teacher than success!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Amy that is sooooo painfully true 🙂
      Hope you have an awesome day! It was great seeing you at the Easter Cantata.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  4. Valerie Sisco says

    Sherry,
    I really appreciated these words as it’s so true that God invites us into opportunities that seem difficult or challenging to know a new side of him and experience something unexpected from what we perceive as a hardship. Pondering these words! xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Valerie,
      It’s one of those scriptures and posts that you do have to ponder. I think that’s a good thing. I’ve done a lot of pondering about this. Praying you have a blessed day.
      Much love,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  5. Stacey Thureen says

    Sherry, such a great prayer and perspective. Thank you for sharing on #HeartEncouragement! Blessings to you!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks for stopping by Stacey!
      Praying you have a blessed day.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  6. Michele Morin says

    Keeping the goodness and sovereignty of God as foundational impacts everything for me. Whenever I start to feel resentful about happenings, it’s usually because my theology is falling apart in that area.
    Thanks for this great application of the Exodus story.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      His sovereignty is something we love and…let’s just say, don’t love, yet it keeps our world from falling apart. Thanks for stopping by today!
      Be Blessed and Refreshed,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  7. Joanne Viola says

    Sherry, thank you for this post & perspective. It is something I will be reflecting on all day. Blessings!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Got you thinking eh Joanne 🙂 Praying you will see the goodness of God in every situation.
      Be Blessed & Refreshed,
      ~Sherry Stahl
      xoxo

  8. Brenda says

    Sometimes the best way to get our attention is through discomfort, isn’t it? Scary how we can become so complacent at times. Love this reminder that He’s not willing to compromise His best for us. Thanks for sharing, friend. ((hug))

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Brenda,
      It’s so true! Hope you have a blessed day!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  9. Holley Gerth says

    Thanks for your encouraging words and linking up! Cheering you on, Sister! XOXO

    • Sherry Stahl says

      My pleasure Holley 🙂
      Be Blessed & Refreshed!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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