Struggling Doesn’t Mean You’re Out of God’s Will

I’m putting this under things Jesus said about marriage, but it’s a bit different.

A couple of weeks ago, our pastor was teaching on the end of the sixth chapter of Mark.

Immediately, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Mark 6:45-48a ESV

And at this point the pastor pointed out that they were in the storm because they obeyed Jesus.

Jesus walking on water towards the disciples in a boat in a storm.

Have you ever thought someone was having a really hard time because they were out of God’s will? Have you ever accused someone of that? I’ve certainly had folks who claim to follow Jesus tell me my problems proved I was in sin. But Jesus never told us following Him would be easy or that we would not have problems. On the contrary, He assured us we would have difficulties if we followed Him.

If your wife is struggling, that doesn’t mean she is out of God’s will. If your marriage is having problems, that doesn’t mean you or your wife are in sin. Sometimes when we are doing exactly what Jesus called us to do, we find ourselves in a storm.

I think “might my problems be a result of sin or missing God’s will” is always a good question to ask ourselves. But we can struggle when we are right where God wants us.

That said, if we call out to Him from the storm, He is sure to be there.

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