I never took Algebra II. It wasn’t from lack of brains. In high school, I took AP classes, got in National Honor Society and generally had a pretty successful high school career. But my Junior year schedule looked too hard so I did the easy thing- I quit my least favorite class- Math. The result of my quitting? I began to believe I was too dumb to take higher level math classes. The truth is I’ll never know whether or not they were too hard for me because I never tried.
There’s lots of hard stuff in life, but if today I was to list the hard things in life, Algebra II would not even get an honorable mention. Other people go through a divorce and not bad mouth their ex- that’s hard. Filing for bankruptcy and still feeling hope- that’s hard. Having a doctor tell you they don’t know what’s wrong with your child and not losing your mind-that’s hard. Some people might think these things are too hard. After all no one really expects you to go through a divorce and not bad mouth your ex. No one expects you to file for bankruptcy and not lose hope and certainly no one expects you to have an undiagnosed sick child and not go nuts. Sometimes life is too hard so why fight it?
The truth is when we face something that is too hard we have two choices: we can ask God to give us whatever we need to succeed or we can quit. You see God doesn’t see anything in your life that is too hard for Him to handle. In Jeremiah 32:17 the prophet says to God “Nothing is too hard for you”. In our heads we know this is true but if you’re like me, rather than ask God to help you do the hard thing, you’d just as soon take the easy way out. Too often my prayers are more about asking for relief instead of restoration, endurance rather than renewal and blessing rather than intimacy with the Lord.
Let’s face it. Asking God to help you do hard things is a lot tougher than doing the easy thing. If you ask God’s help to do something you can’t do without Him, you have to stretch. You have to stretch your strength, your wisdom, your patience and even your faith. It takes a big faith to believe that God can use your life to do mighty things in this world. But perhaps it takes even more faith to face the possibility of disappointment if you pray for the hard thing and don’t receive it.
But what’s the result of asking God for the easy thing? Just like I’ll never know if I’m smart enough for Algebra II, you’ll never know if God is there for the hard things unless you ask. Let God SHOW you that there is nothing too hard for Him. Instead of slipping into the easy path, ask God to lead you down the hard path. It’ll strengthen your prayers, strengthen your faith and strengthen your life. AMEN