One of the greatest hindrances that the followers of Christ have in their walk with Him is a small thing called inconvenience, matters occurring out of order, a detour from the normal. Most people are creatures of habit, they have a set routine that is followed at a prescribed time, it brings with it security, but also can be a great deterrent when the expected is exchanged for the unexpected.
There is a time coming upon this planet that the great majority of mankind is not expecting, millions of people are just simply going to disappear in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, (Matt. 24:31) and everything that is will be changed, inconvenience will be the daily routine. These little off shoots from the normal, these moments that deviate from the prescribed paths that we have attempted to place ourselves on, are an excellent tool for Satan to use, he may not cause them all, but he will most definitely use them to his advantage.
Stress is the first offensive weapon, stress which is nothing more than doubt in the care and provisions that our Lord has promised us, “The valley of the shadow of death,” (Psalm 23:4) does not only mean death is imminent, for at any moment you and I can leave this earthly realm, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom,” (Psalm 90:12) but it is in a sense the death of the known, the approach of fear, the stress of inconvenience. “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” (Mark 9:19) Even our Lord knew this as a fact, instead of coming to Him for the truth, they came to be healed, instead of desiring to learn of the Light, the wanted to be fed again, do not think that He did not know these feelings, He was tempted in every way that we are, (Heb. 4:15) the inconvenience of the nearly perpetual crowds who wanted only from Him what would make their lives temporarily better, not desiring to spend time in His presence past these temporal needs.
When the minor inconveniences, and in truth, compared to the eternity of bliss that awaits the child of God, all are minor, when they enter our lives, it is the amount of time in frustration that we spend on them that is the telling factor, for frustration will lead to worry, and worry my friends is a sin, it is a lack of trust. The character of a man is tried in the fire, not on a warm sunny day, do you think Daniel’s three friends were nervous as they approached the fire, think of their demeanor as they drew closer and the ones who cast them in were burned, (Daniel 3:22) yet they felt no heat. The approaching dread of a thing can at times be worse than the experience of it, we will be tried by fire, many times over in this life for those who have committed the entirety of their lives to Jesus Christ, the inconveniences are expected.
These small, little detours are in a sense preparations for the larger ones, ones that can change the course of our lives dramatically, from the dog accidentally relieving himself in the living room to the death of a beloved family member, each serve their part, each should teach us that this too shall pass, (Gal. 6:9) that the faith we hold in Almighty God cannot be swayed by anything that occurs to us. The opposite end of this faith, the inverse of the equation, is that the incident will bring continued stress, fear will creep in, doubt will come along with it, and the ministry that the Lord has called you to will suffer because of it. Many have left their calling because of the onslaught of these inconveniences; their reoccurring patterns will remove our thoughts from the One that they are to be held captive to. (2 Cor. 10:5)
We do not just serve Christ my brothers and sisters, we are to prepare to serve Him, one cannot give an account of what one does not know about, without the examples in the Scriptures and without the trials of our own lives, we know not what we speak of. What is in our path has been either placed there by Almighty God, or allowed to occur in our lives for His glory, no one can glorify Him who shirks from their duties, who allows the inconveniences of life to overwhelm them, who will not accept the challenge placed before them, we are to be overcomers, (1 John 5:5) the world and all it tries to throw at us are the testing ground, as it were, the place we are shown who we really are in Christ.
If there is one thing that those who have put their hands to the plow know, plowing is hard work, it is tiring, back breaking work, but it also builds strong backs and calloused, strong hands. Those who will not face the inconveniences of their daily lives, these little detours that occur, will not be able to face the larger challenges when they arrive, they will be left in worry and doubt, they will not be prepared for the next occurrence.
One of the most popular memory verses among the children of God is Prov. 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” I wonder how many that know this verse are prepared to live it, when, and if, the inconveniences become a way of life.