This past Sunday at church, my Pastor preached a sermon about Trusting the Process. He looked back at the time of David as he was anointed to become king and building up to when he would face Goliath.

In our eyes, David had several reasons that he could have given up or tried to do things his own way. But instead of that, he chose to be patient, be obedient and trust God’s way.

One of the sermon points that stood out to me the most was Predictable Resistance. If you have been a follower of Jesus for 5 minutes or for 50 years, you probably already understand this concept. As a Christian, we can anticipate the fact that we will face resistance in our lives.

Jesus even warns us of this truth, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

What sometimes happens is that people are told the lie that sounds something like this, “If you follow Jesus, then you will not face any difficulties and your life will be easy.” The problem with this thought is the fact that even Jesus Himself faced persecution and troubles along with warning us that we would also.

Then what ends up happening when we fall into the misconception that we should not face difficulties is that we give up and throw in the towel at the first sign of resistance and push back. We call it quits too quickly and end up missing out on the blessings that God has for us.

The great thing about being warned, is that rather than being taken by surprise, we can be prepared for the resistance that we will face. We don’t have to be thrown off guard and even better is that we can be prepared. We may not be able to prepare for all the specifics, but we can be prepared to lean on Jesus in all circumstances and situations that may come our way.

Another key factor in what Jesus said is this, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus not only prepares us for resistance in this world, but He encourages us to know that He has already overcome it… ALL OF IT! Even greater news is that He is the way for us to overcome it as well.

You don’t have to be afraid or worried about what storms you may face, when you know the One who will carry you through! “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

Don’t give up too soon and don’t throw in the towel! Trust in God’s timing and His process!

If you would like to hear the sermon from Sunday, you can watch it here –

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