I think many of us are in days of enlargement, for greater effectiveness, but enlargement doesn’t come easy. We usually cannot become what God wants us to become without some challenges and pressure.
Peter wrote to Jewish believers who were enduring Roman tyranny. They faced trouble in their life, possible job loss, economic hardship, pressure from relatives and a suspicious society – life was not easy. “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,” 1Pe 1:6. If need be! He said they will only endure the trials and troubles that are necessary for them to become all God intended them to be.
The people of Israel in Egypt had asked to be delivered from bondage but they never imagined how deliverance was going to come. They didn’t imagine that the path to their future would mean plagues upon the Egyptians or that they would be hated by the Egyptians and made to work five times harder. They hadn’t thought through that freedom meant leaving their homes and walking away. Deliverance and “inheritance gaining” always seems easier in your imagination than in reality. We can see the benefits but we just don’t imagine the process which God is going to have to use to get you there.
When they did finally walk out they found themselves in a desert that had no food, no water and no certainty about tomorrow. Sometimes we ask to grow in authority or for change to take place in our life but when the means to growth and change comes, we aren’t ready for it.
You too have asked to grow. What you are going through now, is your path to growth and enlargement? When you respond correctly and stay faith filled in the process, God will exalt you. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” 1Pe 5:6. Keep declaring God is bringing me out to bring me in! The challenges of freedom are infinitely better than the safety of sameness and the prison of the past.
Friend, freedom and breakthrough are never easy. There is always pressure and troubles close to breakthrough-ask any mother. But unlike the new born baby, what comes forth after you have suffered a while, is a person strong, mature and ready to possess your future.
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you”. 1Pe 5:10