As a pastor I have heard this statement several times and packaged in many ways. I have been asked, "I thought now that I'm saved things would have become easier?" "Why if I have God are things so difficult?" "I thought God is suppose to fix everything."
Allow me to share my experience with you. It was 2004, I was still living with my parents. When I woke up one morning as I laid on my bed I saw this large black cloud. I have never seen a cloud this dark in real life. This cloud I was seeing in the vision was extremely large and extremely dark. Not sure what I was seeing, I said, "what is that?" And the Lord responded, "that's your life." So I kindly told Him, "I do not want to go through that." And He responded, "you have never been through anything. You will go through it and I will be with you."
The Lord said something key in His response. I was so caught up in the storm coming that I never realized the key. I knew I would survive what ever it was, but He said "you will go through it."
Think about all the popular stories in the bible...Jesus died on a cross, three Israel boys put into a fiery furnace, Daniel slept with the lions, David had to face a giant, a nation crosses a sea while pursued by their enemies. God delivered all of them. So where did the idea that walking with God will produce a life of easy come from?
After God made me face giant after giant in my life it finally became crystal clear what this journey is about. We do not run, we do not retreat, we do not fear the storms. Instead, we are called to be overcomes. Once that revelation became clear I stopped fearing the storms and began relying on the one that overcame the world.
John 16:33 (KJV)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Next time we will examine how tribulation and peace go together as we dig deeper into this misconception.